Birds

Birds

Emu


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Dromaius novaehollandiae
PROFILE:

Emus belong to a group of birds called ratites. This group includes the other large flightless birds such as the ostrich, rhea, and cassowary, as well as the kiwi, a chicken-sized, nocturnal burrow-dwelling bird native to New Zealand.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, ratites
NATIVE TO:
Australia
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Currently stable
DIET:
Primarily feed on fruits, seeds, insects, plants, and small animals
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
wild 10 years; zoos 30 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Mostly solitary birds; during nesting seasons multiple females may lay eggs in a male's nest; may form larger groups when migrating to find other food sources
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