The emu is the world’s second-largest bird. It is native to Australia and is Australia’s largest bird. The emu, together with the kangaroo, are displayed on the Australian coat of arms. They are about 6.6 feet (2 meters) tall and have very small wings which are pretty much useless for flying. However, they make up for this defect with their long and powerful legs. Emus are very fast runners — they can reach speeds of up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour and maintain that speed for quite a distance. The bones and joints of the emu are similar to those of the dinosaurs, and due to this reason some scientists even believe emus to be living dinosaurs.
After mating, the female lays around twenty bright green-colored eggs and then wanders off, leaving the male to incubate them. Emus have the ability to store fat, and therefore they can go for long periods without feeding. This ability is very useful for the males, because when they are incubating the eggs they do not leave the nest, and only even stand up to turn the eggs. The incubation period lasts from 7 to 8 weeks, and the male loses one-third of his body weight during this time. After the eggs hatch, the father looks after the chicks for a further 6 months.
Emus are featured in the following book:
25 Australian Animals
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about emus. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Kangaroo vs Emu: FIGHT! by onlineangelica
- Crazy Emu Dance by Kerry Paff Cranney
- Emus Dancing by Eddie Stose
- Amazing Wild Emu Encounter by Thewildlifeman
- Wild Emu at nest – Savannah Walkabout by janineechidna
- Wild Emus Australia by cruzr944
- Wild Encounters – Cassowary and Emu by birdmanlv