Scientific Name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
Habitat: forest, scrubland, grassland and desert
Diet: grass, flowers, seeds, insects
Life span: 5-10 years (25 years captivity)
Young: 9-20 eggs/clutch
Size: 45-70 kg (99–154 lbs)
Although they can’t fly, emus are strong runners reaching speeds of 50 km/h and covering more than 7.5 metres (25 ft) in one stride.
Emus were considered pests by farmers because they kicked down fences to gain access to fields. They were killed to the brink of extinction because it was thought emus were eating the crops. Fortunately people realized these birds were eating burrs that tangle sheeps’ wool, caterpillars, and grasshoppers.
Emus are the second largest bird in the world. After laying 8-10 eggs, each weighing about 0.7 kg, the female emu pays little attention to her clutch. Instead, the smaller male emu tends to the nest of dark green eggs and incubates them for 8 weeks. After the eggs have hatched, the father continues guarding the chicks for 6-9 months.
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