Tall, flightless birds with soft brown feathers, emus are native to Australia. They call to each other with whistling and purring sounds. The male emu incubates the eggs and tends to the young which may be the reason female emus fight over the males. A female can produce several clutches in a season. A relative of the ostrich, emus can grow to the height of a man and are capable of quick sprints up to thirty-one mph.

Videos of Emus: Here is a 38-second video featuring two emus in New South Wales making an almost purring sound. Very sweet. Here’s a 3-minute video of three baby emus.

FunFacts about Emus: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. It is endemic to Australia where it is the largest native bird and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. The emu’s range covers most of mainland Australia, but the Tasmanian, Kangaroo Island and King Island subspecies became extinct after the European settlement of Australia in 1788. The bird is sufficiently common for it to be rated as a least-concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. (Source)
  • Emus’ feathers are soft and brown.
  • Emus are flightless birds.
  • Emus have long necks and legs.
  • Emus can grow up to 1.9 metres (6.2 ft) in height.
  • Emus can travel great distances and can sprint up to 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • Emus forage for a variety of plants and insects.
  • Emus can go for weeks without eating.
  • Emus drink infrequently but take in large amounts of water when it’s available.
  • Female emus can mate several times in a single season and lay several clutches of eggs.
  • Male emus incubate the eggs and tend to the young.
  • Females are known to fight over the males.
  • The emu appears on the Australian coat of arms and on various coins.
  • The emu features prominently in Indigenous Australian mythology.

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29 thoughts on “Emus

  1. Emus are very big. There is an emu farm down the road aways. They breed the birds for their meat. I have no interest in tasting emu, but think how big the drumstick would be.

  2. Emus are such funny looking birds! I haven’t been up close in real life, but it looks like they’re taller than I thought!

  3. Interesting looking birds. Surprised they have some black eggs. I’m not sure if I’ve seen them in real life or if it may have been just an ostrich. Good info.

  4. I didn’t realize that they got that big. The chicks are cute. I liked the pictures – the ones where that are looking at the camera – it looks like they are smiling.

  5. Enjoyed the pictures and always loved the look on their faces when staring at you. Didn’t realize that got that tall and the chicks are just so adorable. I’ve seen some at a distance but not close up – now I have. 🙂 AZ

  6. I’ve always enjoyed seeing the emus at the bird shows held at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These pictures are wonderful reminders.

  7. They are. really nice looking birds. Hope the forest fires in Australia doesn’t destroy all of their habitat and killed too many of them.
    Calgary Alberta,, Canada

  8. Black eggs…that was interesting.
    I think they are very striking in appearance.
    A couple of years ago, here in. NC, there was an ostrich on the lam. LOL.
    It was caught and returned to the owner.

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