This little bird is much loved for the beautiful plumage of the males but the female is also a pretty creature. They move in extended family groups, foraging in dense bush or sometimes on the ground, for their insect food.
The males will defend their territory against intruders; in the photo below one had been attacking his “rival”, reflected in the car’s side mirror.
Drawings kindly provided by Pam. Photography and text by David Free. Audio clips provided by David Secomb.