Emu

Emu

EMU

Dromaius novaehollandiae

The Emu is native throughout Australia and is found in many different habitats.

It is a flightless bird (due to its size and weight) and only uses its wings for steering when running at high speed and to open up and flap to cool them down.

They are the second largest bird in the world, only second to the larger Ostrich, and stand up to 2m tall.

The breeding season for the Emu is April to November and during this time, the female will lay multiple clutches of 6-11 eggs, fathered by different males. The male will then incubate the eggs for approx 8 weeks and then take sole care of the young for up to 2 years.  Chicks are born stripy and then as they grow up to adults, will become brown,

The Emu has 2 sets of eyelids, using 1 for blinking and 1 for keeping dust out.

This species are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals, and their diet consists of  grasses, plants, insects, fruit and flowers.

Lifespan – 10-20 years (wild), Up to 35 years (captivity)

IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern

 

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