Emu

Name

Emu

Scientific Name

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Characteristics

The emu is the largest flightless bird of Australia. It can grow up to 2 meters tall.

This bird can adapt to many different environments and can be found in a range of habitats from bushland to coastal dunes. The only Australian habitat that it is not found in is the rainforest.

Emus have very strong legs and three forward-facing toes on each of their feet. Although they are flightless birds, they do have tiny wings which are concealed by the shaggy feathers on their body.

Female emus lay very large eggs which are dark green in colour. The females will lay between 5-15 eggs in a clutch. However, it is the male that incubates the eggs, foregoing food and water throughout the duration of the incubation. The male emu also guards the chicks from predators for the first few months of their lives. 

Diet

We feed our emus fruit, vegetables, pellets and grit (which aids their digestion).

Size Fact

They can weigh up to 45 Kilograms.

Food Fact

They are able to survive without food for up to 2 months, due to their ability to store fat.

Fun Fact

Emus can reach 30mph, when running at full-speed!

IUCN Red list

Least concern

Where do I live?

They are native to Australia.

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