I am looking for figures of the emu population in Australia over history.

Ideally from 1900 or even further, and especially around the time of the Emu War.

Even a simple histogram would be enough.

Freely reusable data is needed.

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    Found this: i.imgur.com/V3nN6Ch.jpg
    – philshem
    Nov 7, 2014 at 13:18
  • @philshem: That's better than nothing I guess :-) Nov 7, 2014 at 13:37
  • I would recommend digging around the IUCN Red List (iucnredlist.org) and birdlife.org websites. Nov 7, 2014 at 17:08
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    I take it you've read the wikipedia article and followed the appropriate bibliographic references, for example australianmuseum.net.au/Emu ?
    – user3856
    Nov 8, 2014 at 17:19
  • @BarryCarter: Yes, this page does not contain any history nor population information unfortunately. Nov 10, 2014 at 2:02

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There are 9 different types of emu whose populations range from common to extinct. The Grey Emu is prevalent, while the Kangaroo Island Emu is extinct.

If you want general populations of emu in Australia, try Birdata, which shows populations of Australian birds by location and time, and allows you to download custom datasets. Here's the link for emus. Many other sites simply state that the emu is not endangered.

For a truly interesting read on the Great Emu War, check out this Scientific American article.

  • Interesting links! They don't contain historical data though, right? Nov 14, 2014 at 5:16

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