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Scientific Name
Dromaius novaehollandiae


10-20 years

6.6 feet

Average Weight
120 lbs

Group Name

Group Size
1 or 2 in Winter, 5-50 during the breeding season

Name of Young

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We Are:Common
Emus have a wide range with few threats.

Did you know?

  • Emus are the world’s third heaviest bird. They live in the scrublands and grasslands of south eastern Australia. They are unable to fly, but are very fast runners and may reach 31 mph.
  • Female emus are slightly larger than the males and they make different vocalizations. Females are also more aggressive than males and will fight over them during the breeding season.
  • The vocalizations made by male and female emus are different. Females can inflate a sac in their neck to make a booming noise. This can be heard over a mile away. Males can only make grunting noises
  • Emus are members of the ratite family. Ratites are flightless running birds and are considered the most primitive of modern birds.

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