With their glorious blue plumage, these common urban birds have been a comfort while we’ve been at home during the pandemic

The Guardian/BirdLife Australia 2021 bird of the year poll ended with the superb fairywren coming out on top.

While at first the victory had me crying “beauty contest!”, it speaks to our desire for small moments of joy in our daily life, as we’re restricted to the confines of our own homes.

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