National Geographic : 1945 Oct
Pastel Wrens from "Down Under" 'I k (\ N tiol: l Ueogral)'a il Soeiety Nimble as Acrobats, They Busily Hunt for Insect Food -ainting UD ., . \\.tay ey John Gould, 19th-century English naturalist, gave "the palm for elegance and beauty" among all Aus tralian birds to the Purple-crowned Fairy Wren. Few birds have the lovely lilac tint which encircles the head of only the male. It inhabits a narrow inland belt extending across northern Australia and favors cane like grasses, which it climbs with agility. Females appear to lead family groups as they move swiftly through tall grasses and pandanus palms along rivers searching for insects and larvae.