Southern Emu-wren (species: Stipiturus malachurus) in Yarrahapinni Wetlands NP (Gaia Guide)
Stipiturus malachurus
Southern Emu-wren

©David Cook: Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus)

©Aaron Maizlish: Male Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Maluridae
Genus Stipiturus
Species Stipiturus malachurus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The adult male has rusty-brown upperparts with streaks of black, the crown more reddish and grey-brown wings. It has a sky blue throat, upper chest and eyebrow. The tail is double the body length, and is composed of six filamentous feathers, the central two of which are longer than the lateral ones. The underparts are pale red-brown, paler on the belly. The bill is black and the feet and eyes are brown. The female is darker streaked and lacks the blue plumage and redder crown. Its bill is brown with a pale grey base (Wikipedia).


  • From 17.5 cm to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Its natural habitats are temperate forests and Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation (Wikipedia). Throughout its range, the Southern Emu-wren inhabits marshes, low heathland and dune areas

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