Emu

Emu

Emu
Dromaius novaehollandiae


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Casuariiformes
FAMILY
Dromaiidae

Range

Australia


Habitat

Plains, scrub, open woodlands, alpine pastures, semi-desert


Diet

Fruit, grains, grasses and insects

Weight

60 - 120 lbs.

Height

4.9 - 6.2 ft.

Incubation

8 weeks

Clutch

5 - 15 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • A large flightless bird, the emu's wings are rudimentary and used only for display. Just like hairs, their feathers grow from follicles.
  • Their feet have three toes and fewer bones and muscles than those of flying birds.
  • It can run up to 30 mph, reaching strides of 9 ft long.
  • The emu has a pouch in its throat that is part of the bird's windpipe and is used for communication.
  • Their deep booming calls can be heard up to 1.2 miles away.

 

Conservation

While the emu population is currently considered stable, they face potential threats from drought and wildfires.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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