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Dromaius novaehollandiae

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Fact File


1.7 - 1.9 meters (1.6 - 1.9 m.tall)


40 - 60 kg

Clutch size

5 -15 eggs

life span

10 - 20 years

The emu is a flightless bird renowned for its tall stature and its powerful legs enable them to run at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Emus have long necks, small vestigial wings, and soft, brown feathers.


They inhabit a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, grasslands, and semi-arid regions. Omnivorous in nature, emus feed on a diverse diet of plants, insects, small vertebrates, fruits, and seeds. Additionally, emus emit a unique booming call that can carry over long distances.

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Did you know?!

Emus have three toes on each foot, and their middle toe is elongated and equipped with a sharp claw, which they use for defence and grooming

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