Dromaius novaehollandiae

Description

The Emu is a large flightless bird. Emus are covered with shaggy grey-brown feathers except for on their neck and head. They have very long and powerful legs. Each foot has three forward-facing toes.

Distribution

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Emu

Size

The Emu is Australia's largest bird, standing between 1.6 metres and 1.9 metres and can weigh between 30 - 45 kg.

Diet

Omnivorous, eating a large variety of leaves, grasses, fruits, flowers and insects.

Habitat

Nomadic wanderer in most parts of Australia. Avoids thickly forested regions. Emus can cover several hundred kilometres in a year.

Breeding

The Emu breeds in winter usually. Five to twenty eggs laid in lined scrape and incubated by the male for about 60 days. After hatching the male continues his care for up to 18 months.

Voice

Deep guttural grunts by both sexes; female emits dull, resonant booming sound.

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