Female Southern Emu-wren Displaying Long Wispy Tail

Photo by @thommoshoots

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Female Southern Emu-wren displaying its long wispy tail beautifully captured by @thommoshoots at the Island Point Reserve in Western Australia.

Southern Emu-wren is one of Australia’s smallest birds. A fully-grown emu-wren may reach 7.5 inches long, but its elongated tail feathers comprise about two-thirds of this, making the bird’s body a mere 2.4 inches or so long.

The bird gets its name from its tail feathers, which look rather similar to the feathers of an emu.

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