Mallee Emu-wren

Habitat: Heathland, Woodland


Mallee Emu-wrens occur in among dense stands of spinifex Triodia in mature mallee woodlands which have remained unburnt for at least 15 years. They have also been recorded in low, semi-arid, mallee–heathland.


Due to the dense nature of their habitat, little is known about the behaviour of the Mallee Emu-wren.


The Mallee Emu-wren mostly feeds in clumps of spinifex and low shrubs, where they pick small insects, mainly beetles, from stems and twigs, or from the leaf litter or open ground.


Mallee Emu-wrens usually lay three eggs in a domed nest made of grass, strips of bark and spinifex leaves, all woven together, and lined with soft material. Only the female incubates, but the young are fed by both sexes.