Mallee Emu-wren, Mallee Emuwren

Mallee Emu-wren, Mallee Emuwren by AFC

Stipiturus mallee by Paula Wiegmink
(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic on canvas | ID#4190)

Family: MALURIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing

Artist Statement

The Mallee Emu-wren [Stipiturus mallee Maluridae], is a diminutive bird confined to the Murray Mallee region of South Australia and Victoria. The numbers have shrunk drastically after bushfires destroyed much of their habitat in this region. There is a concerted conservation effort underway to save the species which could be even closer to extinction in the event of future bush fires. Wrens are the sweetest little birds and I am lucky to have a cousin of the Mallee Emu-wren visit my garden, called a Splendid Fairy - wren. They are extremely difficult to photograph as they dart rapidly from place to place but are one of my favourite birds to paint!

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