Image: Emu decoy B008535

Emu decoy B008535

Emu decoys were used by Aboriginal people in New South Wales when hunting emus. The emu decoy, or 'boobinj', would be used to attract the emu by either blowing into a small hole at one end to imitate call of the male bird or in some instances the hunter would strike one end of the decoy with an open hand.

Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum

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