This fact sheet summarises backgroundinformation about the MalleeEmu-wren
The species is one o Australia’s smallestbirds weighing only 4-6.5 grams. It has along lamentous tail that looks like emueathers, giving the species its name.The male has a distinctive blue bib onits breast and a ruous crown, whilstthe emale is much plainer. They havesmall, rounded wings that enable themto scurry between the dense ronds oTriodia, which they depend on or oragingand building their nest in. However they
Above: Female Mallee Emu-wren. Photo: Rohan Clarke.
At a glance
The Mallee Emu-wren is listedas nationally endangered underthe Environment Protection andBiodiversity Conservation Act1999.
They are very a tiny wren-likebird weighing only 4 to 6.5 gramsand preer vegetation types thatcontain Triodia.
Estimated total population sizeo Mallee Emu-wrens is around15,000 birds.are poor fiers and rarely fy higher thanone meter and are thought to be poordispersers. They have a high pitched weakcall that sounds like an insect, makingthem dicult to hear.
The Mallee Emu-wren is thought toeed on insects, oraging mainly romthe stems o Triodia tussocks (PorcupineGrass) and rom the twigs o small (50cmtall) shrubs. Mallee Emu-wrens movearound in small groups o about ourto eight individuals during the wintermonths. At the onset o the breedingseason in July they orm breeding pairs
Above: Habitat of Mallee Emu-wren.Photo: Sarah Brown.
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