MAL - Mallee Emu-Wren
Common name: Mallee Emu-Wren
Taxonomy: Stipiturus mallee
Level: CARN | Form: FLEE
Status: HIGHLY RARE | BiOME: SCRUB
Overcomes: Flood | Drought
MAL’s short wings mean he’s not built for long distance flights. But he does have a long tail that gives him great balance, and aids with his Grassrun Superpower! By scurrying through spinifex grasses in his Scrub homeland, he stays hidden from potential predators that can’t keep up in the thick underbrush.
Whilst constructing her nest amongst the grasses and shrubs, MAL will use her amazing Weaving skills to pull together reeds and grasses into sturdy dome-shaped nests. This amazing power keeps her eggs safe in strong winds and well hidden from prying eyes.
Sadly, living in a fire-prone region with constant changes in climate means MAL has frequent, rapid population drops. This can cause them to suffer from ‘genetic bottlenecks’ which inhibits their ability to build sustainable, diverse populations.
Because MAL can’t fly very far, and are fairly sedentary birds overall, they struggle to disperse enough to avoid the issues that comes with their other weakness: Bottleneck. Their genetic diversity remains low, with individuals not moving far enough from their area of birth.
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