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Emu

Zoo Location: Savannah
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Habitat

Grasslands and wooded areas.

Wild Diet

Grass, leaves, shoots, seeds and insects.

Behaviour

Emus usually move around in pairs, sometimes travelling many miles to find food. They are inquisitive birds and have been known to follow and approach humans in the wild.

Breeding

Females compete for the males, becoming more colourful during the breeding season and displaying by striding around in circles. She also puffs out her feathers and makes a low, drumming sound. After laying on average 11 large green eggs, the female leaves the male to incubate them. The chicks have distinctive brown and cream stripes for camouflage, which fade after three months or so. The male stays with the growing chicks for up to 7 months, defending them and teaching them how to find food.

Threats

Clearance and fragmentation of habitat; deliberate slaughter; collisions with vehicles; and predation of the young and eggs by foxes, feral and domestic dogs, and feral pigs.

Conservation

This species is classified as of Least Concern.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Dromaius novaehollandiae
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Struthioniformes
  • Family: Dromaiidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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