What does the Emu look like? Upon hatching, chicks stand nearly 25cm tall and have a yellowish-white and black striping. This colouring serves as camouflage in the wild. As adults they possess a soft downy feathering and often parts of the head, neck and beak display a radiant blue colouring. The mature Emu, the second largest members of the flightless bird family, is 1.5m to 1.9m tall and can stretch to over 2 metres.
Where do they live? Native to Australia, the Emu is a nomadic species. Their preferred habitat includes grassy plains and dry open forests.
What do they eat? Fruits, flowers, insects, seeds and any green vegetation.
Behaviour:Emu are generally very docile and tend to be intensely curious creatures. The Emu can reach running speeds of 65 kph in very few steps, with strides often covering over 2.7metres.
Reproduction:Adult Emu are known to produce offspring well past the age of 35 years old. Emu generally lay between 20 and 30 eggs per season. A typical hen will lay an egg every 3 to 5 days for about 3 months. Emu eggs are naturally an avocado green color with the texture varying from hen to hen. Emu eggs are the longest incubating eggs at 50 days. The female lays the egg, but it’s the male that sits on the egg until it hatches. He also cares for the chicks for their first 18 months of life in the wild.
Threats:Motorists, wedge tail eagles, dogs and feral cats.
Conservation Status: Widespread.