Campbell's fairywren

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Campbell's fairywren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Maluridae
Genus: Chenorhamphus
Species: C. campbelli
Binomial name
Chenorhamphus campbelli
Schodde & Weatherly, 1982

Chenorhamphus grayi ssp. campbelli

Campbell's fairywren (Chenorhamphus campbelli) is a species of bird in the Maluridae family. It is found in New Guinea. Named after Rob Campbell, of Dunfermline, Scotland, who identified it during his time in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomic note[edit]

This species was lumped with the broad-billed fairywren (Chenorhamphus grayi) following Beehler et al. (1986), Coates (1990) and Vuilleumier et al. (1992).

However, a 2011 analysis by Amy Driskell and colleagues of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA showed high divergence between the two subspecies and has recommended they be resplit into separate species. It also found them to lie in a clade with the two other monospecific New Guinea genera and not with the other species of Malurus. Hence they recommend reclassifying them within the genus Chenorhamphus.[1]


  1. ^ Driskell, Amy C.; Norman, Janette A.; Pruett-Jones, Stephen; Mangall, Elizabeth; Sonsthagen, Sarah; Christidis, Les (2011). "A multigene phylogeny examining evolutionary and ecological relationships in the Australo-papuan wrens of the subfamily Malurinae (Aves)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 60: 480–85. PMID 21466855. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.030.