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    Emu Facts

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    There are so many things you can learn about the emu and this article will give you some information on how emus look and live.

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    Emu Description

     

    • The emu is the largest bird in Australia.
    • The Ostrich is the only bird in the world that is bigger than the emu.
    • Emus have two sets of eyelids.
    • The emu has a long neck, sharp beak and small ears.
    • The emu has three toes on each foot; one toe on each foot has a long fighting talon.
    • Emu feathers have a double shaft, are light brown and have darker brown tips.
    • Emus can vary quite a lot in height and can grow between 5 and 6.5 feet tall.
    • Male emu birds make grunting pig like noises while the females make a loud booming sound.
    • Originally there were three different types of emu but there is now only one due to hunting for meat and feathers.

     

    Where do Emus Live?

     

    • Emus are only found in the wild in Australia.
    • Emus can live in most areas but they will avoid dense forest, harsh desert and highly populated regions.
    • The ancestors of emus were Dromornithids which were alive at the time of the dinosaurs.

     

    Emu Family Biology

     

    • Emus are flightless birds in the Ratites family.
    • Other Ratites are the ostrich, kiwi and rhea.
    • Emus have tiny wings which are hidden beneath their feathers. The wings are not used in flight but they hold them out for stability when running.
    • Emus have to drink everyday to survive and never waste water.

     

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