Emu

(DROMAIUS NOVAEHOLLANDIAE)
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About

A male is known as a COCK, a female is known as a HEN and a baby is known as a CHICK. A group is known as a MOB.
They are the second largest birds in the world.

They have excellent eye sight and hearing to help them detect predators. The have an immensely strong kick, used to fight off predators.
Emus are large, flightless birds with grey-brown plumage, long legs and long necks, similar to an ostrich. Unlike most birds, Emus have only three toes. During breeding the male builds a nest in a shallow hollow in the ground and incubates the females eggs. A female Emu may mate with numerous males over a few days so may hatch eggs fathered by different males!

More Info

ORIGIN: Originating in Australia.

LONGEVITY: Can live over 40 years in captivity.

WEIGHT: They weigh between 50 and 130 pounds.

SIZE: Can grow between 4 and 6.2 feet.

DIET: A diet of seeds, grass, plants and insects.

GESTATION: Eggs hatch after 8 weeks.

Did you know?

It is the second largest bird on the planet behind the ostrich
The females are bigger than the males
They have 2 eyelids! One for blinking and one for keeping dust out of their eyes
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