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  Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)





Emu | Dromaius novaehollandiae photo
Emu at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane, Queensland.

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Emu | Dromaius novaehollandiae photo
feeding time

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Emu | Dromaius novaehollandiae photo
cute and fluffy

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Emu | Dromaius novaehollandiae photo
Emu drinking at water hole, Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Emu | Dromaius novaehollandiae photo
The same Emu at the water hole. Now it has been joined by two Grey kangaroos.

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EMU FACTS

Description
The Emu is a large flightless bird and is one of the world's largest birds. It is slightly smaller than the Ostrich. They have strong legs and run fast- up to 50 kilometres per hour. Emus are good swimmers and like to play in water or mud.

Size
1.5 to 2 metres tall

Habitat
Arid inland plains, tropical woodlands, heathlands and coastal dunes

Food
Fruits, seeds, growing shoots of plants and insects. They swallow small stones which stay in the gizzard and help grind up food. They drink 9-18 litres of water daily.

Breeding
The female lays up to 20 large dark green eggs. Each egg weighs about 600g. The male incubates the eggs for 7-8 weeks and looks after the hatchlings for six months.

Range
Found only in Australia. It lives throughout most of the continent, from coastal regions to the dry interior.

Notes
Emus are farmed in Australia an overseas. They are used to produce:
* oil for cosmetics and rubbing ointments
* leather for book binding boots, wallets, fashion accessories
* meat for the gourmet market
* feathers for dusters and fashion accessories;
* eggs for carving into decorations.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Struthioniiformes
Family:Casuariidae
Genus:Dromaius
Species:novaehollandiae
Common Name:Emu