Australian Emu Home Page


A flightless bird (Ratite) there is only one species of Emu, which is the worlds 3rd largest bird behind the
Ostrich and Cassowary.
Emus are very mobile quick runners (up to 50 kph), running with a bouncy, swaying motion. Emus are generally nomadic, with some emus roaming over hundreds of kilometers.

Description
- adults
Emu Head They are covered with long, thick, drooping feathers that are dark brown to grey-brown which appears shaggy
Their heads though have shorter "downy" feathers, pointy beak, large bright looking eyes and often a blue throat
Emus have extremely long legs (enabling them to run fast) with 3 toed feet. They stand 1 .5 to 2 meters tall and weigh up to 45 kg Male and females Emus look similar, though the female is usually larger.

- voice
Female Emus make a deep-throated drumming sound using air sacs in their throats whilst the male sound is generally more harsher and "throatier"

click for info on pic -chicks
Emu Hatchlings are covered with striped (brown to black) down, with spotted heads

family group Location & Habitat
Emus are found throughout Australia from Woods to scrubland to grassland to desert
areas but not in Rainforests

Feeding
The Emu feeds mainly on green herbage like grass, flowers, seeds etc, but they also eat insects (eg. Grasshoppers). Emus try to drink once to twice a day

Predators
Emus are most vulnerable as eggs or as hatchlings (young). Lizards eat Emu eggs and young emus are hunted by Dingoes eagles and non-native foxes, dogs & cats

click for info on pic Breeding
click for info on pic Emus pair up for breeding once they are about 2 years old
The female lays the dark green eggs (5 to 20 eggs) on the 1 meter wide nest which is built of grass and weeds on the ground by the male
The eggs are incubated by the male for 8 weeks. During this period the male rarely leaves the nest, surviving on a layer of fat he built up prior to nesting.

Once hatched the male cares for the hatchlings (description above) for a further 6 to 9 months on average
Emus foot
LINKS

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - EMU fact sheet
EMU Farming
Cassowarry another Australian Ratite (flightless bird)




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