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Southern Emu-wren

(Stipiturus malachurus)
Alternate name(s): "Button-grass Wren", "Sticktail", "Emu-wren*"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "westernensis": "djorrdjilya*", "djodal*"

Size: 15-19 cm; tail length 11-12 cm
Weight: 6-9 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Southern Emu-wren at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "malachurus"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-frontal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-frontal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren looking at the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Close-up near-lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Close-up lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren, tail straight (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren, tail cocked (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren swiping its bill clean (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Dorsal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Southern Emu-wren looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-frontal view of a female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near Katoomba, NSW, December 2014]

Close-up lateral view of a female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

MALE

Near-lateral view of a juvenile male Southern Emu-wren begging to be fed (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a juvenile male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a juvenile male Southern Emu-wren begging to be fed (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a juvenile female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Lateral view of a juvenile female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

Race "westernensis"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wilyabrup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Close-up lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren; note the long rictal bristles ["whiskers"] (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wilyabrup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wilyabrup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren with its tail cocked (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wilyabrup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male Southern Emu-wren with its tail cocked (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female Southern Emu-wren (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wilyabrup Beach, WA, December 2016]

PAIR

Pair of Southern Emu-wrens hiding in a shrub; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wilyabrup Beach, WA, December 2016]

Food, Diet

Male Southern Emu-wren bringing food for its male young (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bonny Hills, near Port Macquarie, NSW, January 2021]

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