The Mallee Emu-wren is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of bushfire.

In fact, it was a series of fires that caused the Mallee Emu-wren to become extinct in South Australia. The tiny songbird was recently moved from one location and successfully returned to its former range in that state. The Mallee Emu- wren also exists in three populations across Victoria’s largest Mallee parks.

It is a striking little bird. The male features a sky blue face and bib which contrasts with a rusty orange cap.

Major threats

Bush fires are a significant risk for the Mallee Emu-wren. The bird’s restriction to a small number of locations has also prompted great concern.

The plan for fighting extinction

Zoos Victoria is part of the Threatened Mallee Bird Advisory Committee. We are making every effort to re-establish populations and support wild-to-wild translocation within the bird’s former range. Zoos Victoria is also prepared to establish a captive breeding program as insurance against further loss of the species.

How you can help

  • Do what you can to increase community awareness and support for the Mallee Emu-wren.
  • By visiting our zoos, you are supporting our work to fight extinction.
  • Donate if you can. As we are a not-for-profit organisation, all donations go towards our important conservation efforts.
  • Discover more about local conservation events and join the growing number of wild activists taking action for local wildlife.

Photo: Tom Hunt

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Conservation Status

  • LC
    Least Concern
  • NT
    Near Threatened
  • VU
  • EN
  • CR
    Critically Endangered
  • EW
    Extinct in the Wild
  • EX