EMU
Dromaius novaehollandiae




DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT
Emu lives in Australia and Tasmania.
 
DESCRIPTION
The Emu is the second largest living bird, after Ostrich. Emus are large, flightless, shaggy birds. Their long and muscular feet are adapted to running and they can easily reach 50 km/h. Plumage is dark brown and the wings are small and hidden by feathers.
 
REPRODUCTION
The female will lay 8-20 dark-green eggs. The male built the nest, it is 1 meters wide and made of sticks, grass and soil. The male emus taking full responsibility for the incubation and care of the offspring.
 
DIET
Emus feeds on a variety of plants, fruits, seeds and flowers. They also eat insects, bugs or caterpillars. They swallow pebble stones to grind the food.
 
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
In wild they live in pairs, home range sizes is 30 km2.
 


LONGEVITY
Emus live between 12 to 15 years. Captive birds can live longer than those in the wild.