Wallace's fairywren

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Wallace's fairywren
Illustration (bird below)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Maluridae
Genus: Sipodotus
Mathews, 1928
Species: S. wallacii
Binomial name
Sipodotus wallacii
(Gray, G.R., 1862)
  • Todopsis wallacii Gray, G.R., 1862
  • Todopsis coronatus Gould, 1878
  • Tchitrea wallaceii
  • Malurus wallacei
  • Malurus wallacii

Wallace's fairywren (Sipodotus wallacii) is a species of bird in the Australasian wren family, Maluridae. It is monotypic within the genus Sipodotus. It is found in New Guinea and the Aru Islands, where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Wallace's fairywren was originally described in the genus Todopsis and it has also been classified in genus Malurus. It is named after Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, and biologist.[2] Alternate names for Wallace's fairywren include the blue-capped fairywren, Wallace's wren, and Wallace's wren-warbler.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Sipodotus wallacii". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22703712A93933729. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22703712A93933729.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 357–358.

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