Mallee Emu-wren, Mallee Emuwren

Mallee Emu-wren, Mallee Emuwren

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Mallee Emu-wren, Mallee Emuwren by Paula Wiegmink
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
MALURIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Stipiturus
Species: 
mallee
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Campbell, 1908
Medium: 
Acrylic on canvas
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!