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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Struthioniformes
Family:Dromaiidae
Genus:Dromaeus
Genus species:Dromaeus novaehollandiae

Animal Characteristics

Height:2 m
Weight:50 kg
Identification:The emu has grayish-brown feathers and short gray feathers on its neck.
Habitat:Arid plains, woodlands, deserts
Diet:Omnivore: fruit, berries, insects
Reproduction:Emus mate in April. After the female lays 7-10 eggs in their nest, the male then incubates them for 60 days.
A flock of chicks will follow their father for six months, snuggling together each night under his feathers.
Behavior:Emus, like ostriches, cannot fly.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Second in size only to the ostrich, emus are Australia's largest birds. They can run up to 30 mph. Farmers often raise emus for their meat, leather, and oil.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1972-01 Subjects:Emu
flightless ground bird
Emus
Casuariiformes
Ratites
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata