Emu Fact Sheet

Class:

Aves

Order:

Struthionformes

Family:

Dromaiidae

Genus:

Dromaius
Species:

novaehollandiae

Lifespan:

10-20 years in wild. Up to 35 years under human care

Gestation:

Incubates eggs for about 8 weeks. Approximately 9.8 inches tall at birth. 

Number of Young:

Lays 5-15 eggs per clutch. Up to 3 clutches per season

Size:

4.9-6.2 feet tall.  

Weight:

66-121 pounds
Range: Common throughout most of mainland Australia.

Habitat:

Grassy plains and dry open forests

Diet:

Fruits, flowers, insects, seeds and green vegetation. 

Description:

Brown in color.  After molting, new feathers may appear nearly black, fading to pale brown with age.  Bases of feathers are white.  Skin on head and neck often free of feathers has a bluish tinge.  Intensity of this color varies according to season of year, changes in surroundings, and behavior of nearby birds. 

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Facts:

  • Is the second largest living bird in the world (next to the ostrich).
  • The emu is flightless with wings only 1/10th the length of its body.