Animals of the world, Emu

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  • Flightless bird
  • The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich
  • It is endemic to Australia
  • Emus can reach up to 1.9 meters (6.2 ft) in height
  • Their feet have only three toes and a similarly reduced number of bones and associated foot muscles; emus are the only birds with gastrocnemius muscles in the back of the lower legs
  • The emu has sharp claws on its toes, which are its major defensive attribute, and are used in combat to inflict wounds on opponents by kicking
  • Emus eat a variety of native and introduced plant species. The diet depends on seasonal availability with such plants as Acacia, Casuarina and grasses being favoured
  • Emus drink infrequently, but ingest large amounts when the opportunity arises
  • Emus can travel great distances, and when necessary sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph)
  • The male does the incubation; during this process, he hardly eats or drinks and loses a significant amount of weight. The eggs hatch after around eight weeks, and the young are nurtured by their fathers.
  • The vocalisations of emus mostly consist of various booming and grunting sounds
  • main predator dingo

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com

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