Purple Backed Fairywren – Square Paper Print


Helen Ansell Square Fine Art Paper Prints – also available as a Square Canvas Print.


“These little guys can be found darting amongst the flowers around Mullewa at wildflower season. I have learnt they are very hard to photograph as they move so quickly all you can catch is a flash of blue! I have also learnt since painting them that there are a number of Blue Wren varieties in WA that are very similar in appearance and also live in the same areas so are often hard to distinguish one from the other!” Helen Ansell

This bird (Malurus assimilis) is a native Australian fairywren, being distributed over much of the continent, although it is replaced in southwestern Western Australia by the red-winged and blue- breasted fairywrens. It is found in scrubland that has plenty of vegetation to provide dense cover.

On average it is 14.5 cm long, and like other fairywrens the males adopt a highly visible breeding plumage, moulting after breeding and assuming a dull colouration, and will moult again into nuptial plumage in winter or spring. Its blue plumage also strongly reflects ultraviolet light, and so may be even more prominent to other fairywrens, whose colour vision extends into that part of the spectrum.

It is generally sedentary, with pairs maintaining territory year-round.

Breeding can occur at any time in inland Australia, with birds taking the opportunity to nest after heavy rains, although only one brood is usually raised each year.

The nest is a round or domed structure made of loosely woven grasses, twigs, bark and spider webs, with an entrance in one side, and is often larger than those of other fairywrens.

Helen Ansell Fine Art Paper Prints are now available as giclée quality prints using Fine Art smooth paper 220gsm. Using archival ink, all have a lightfastness under glass and away from direct sunlight of greater than 200 years. Fine Art Paper Prints available in three sizes:

  1. Small – 30 x 30cm including white border of 5cm (made to fit a 30 x 30cm frame) – Actual image size is 20x20cm.
  2. Medium – 40 x 40cm including white border of 5cm – Actual image size is 30x30cm.
  3. Large  – 50 x 50cm including white border of 5cm – Actual image size is 40x40cm.

Helen Ansell fine art prints are proudly printed in Australia.

*Please allow up to 6 business days for your purchase to be posted. Because each print is made to order just for you, we require time to print and post your beautiful Australian fine art print. 

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Small (30cm x 30cm) incl. border, Medium (40cm x 40cm) incl. border, Large (50cm x 50cm) incl. border

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PO Box 56 Mullewa 6656

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