About the Emu

Also known as: Common Emu, Spotted Emu, Australian Emu
The Emu or Common Emu is an extremely large bird native to Australia. In fact, it is the world's second largest bird, after the Ostrich. They can reach over six feet in height!

Emus are flightless. They have wings, which they flap while running. They are fast on their feet, able to reach a speed of about 30 miles per hour. Emus defend themselves using their feet. Their strong legs can pack a powerful punch and their toes are equipped with sharp claws.

Emus have a varied diet, consuming both plant and animal matter. They feed on fruit, grains, and seeds. They prey on crickets, moth larvae, spiders, and other small animals. They also swallow small stones to assist in the breakdown of plant material in their gizzard.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 26 November 2018
Scientific Name
Dromaius novaehollandiae
  • Casuariiformes
  • Casuariidae
  • Dromaius
  • D. novaehollandiae
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 20 November 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
59 to 75 inches
1058 to 1940 ounces

International Names

Chinese 鸸鹋
Czech emu ostrovní
Danish Emu
Dutch Emoe
Finnish emu
French Émeu d'Australie
German Großer Emu
Italian Emù
Japanese エミュア [emyu]
Korean 에뮤
Norwegian Emu
Polish emu zwyczajne
Portuguese Emu
Russian Эму
Spanish emú común
Swedish Emu
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