Project Description

(Dromaius novaehollandiae)

The Emu belongs to a family of flightless running birds known as ratites, the most primitive of the modern bird families. The ratite family includes the kiwi, ostrich, cassowary, and rhea, all birds found only in the Southern Hemisphere. Emu and Cassowary are endemic to Australia, which means, in the wild,  they can only be found in one place.

The Emu is the second-largest living bird in the world (the ostrich is the largest). Adult female Emus are larger and heavier than the males. Emu can reach speeds of 31 mph when sprinting. Emu are now primarily farmed for their meat, oil, feathers, and leather with commercial farming beginning in Western Australia around 1970.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Australia

Weight: 66 to 121 lbs

Size: Between 4.9 to 6.2 feet tall

Lifespan: 10-20 years in the wild, up to 35 years in captivity

Diet: An Emu's diet is based on seasonal availability with plants such as acacia and grasses. Emu will also eat insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, and more for protein.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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