Mallee Emu-wren at Wyperfeld

To: Tim Dolby <>, "" <>
Subject: Mallee Emu-wren at Wyperfeld
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:17:47 +1030
hey Tim,
that's such wonderful news!!
many moons ago I stumbled upon a family party of Mallee Emu-Wrens at Big Billy 
Bore, further west in the northern Big Desert in the early 1980's... I was in 
the area looking for Red-lored Whistlers.
the habitat was very thick Broombrush-heath with very sparse small patches of 
spinifex, so it seems they don't mind sparse spinifex as a habitat preference...
i'm not sure how long it's been since they have been recorded in the Big Desert.
martin cachard,

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> Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:38:17 +0000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Mallee Emu-wren at Wyperfeld
> Hi all,
> If anyone's heading to Wyperfeld National Park (Vic), Matthew Crawford has 
> just photographed a family of Mallee Emu-wren along the Discovery Walk, see 
> Remarkably he found the birds in an area of open 
> tea-tree woodland - although there are some stands of triodia nearby, he was 
> some distance from significant area of triodia. Despite extensive previous 
> surveys of Wyperfeld there's have been very reports of Mallee Emu-wren, and 
> their presence along the Discovery Walk seems to me to be new and remarkable. 
> In fact when I first heard about it I’d dismissed as miss-ID’d eclipsed 
> Splendid or Variegated Fairy-wren. So I’m currently eating humble pie! Why 
> are they there now? Migration, population expansion, or perhaps displacement 
> due to fires?
> Cheers,
> Tim
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