Scientific name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
Family: Casuariidae
Order: Struthioniformes
Status: Least Concern

Habitat and Distribution

Emu is quite common and is found all over Australia, though fewer live in desert areas.

About the animal:

  • Emu is Australia's largest bird. It is part of a group of birds called ratites, which are big birds that do not fly;
  • Emus can run at speeds of up to 50 km per hour;
  • Large green eggs are laid gradually over several days, usually 5-9 days. The female then leaves and the male sits on the eggs for eight weeks until they hatch. He hardly leaves the nest, and does not eat much during this time;
  • Emus make grunting noises and also a deep drumming sound.

What they eat?

Emus eat grass, fruits, flowers, seeds and insects.


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