Latin name Dromaius novaehollandiae
Class Birds
Order Struthioniformes
Family Dromaiidae
IUCN Status Least Concern
Habitat Varied
Distribution Australia

General Information

Emus are the second largest bird in the world, reaching over 6ft. Unable to fly, they can sprint up to 40mph. They have long necks, good eyesight and excellent hearing. For defence they use their strong clawed feet. As they are omnivores emus eat a variety of plants and insects. Using an inflatable sac in their neck to make various calls, the males and females make different sounds.

Lifespan: Up to 20 years in captivity

Fun Fact

One emu egg is the equivalent of 10-12 chicken eggs! They weigh up to 900gm and are a deep emerald green colour. It is the male that incubates the eggs.

Keeper Notes

Our emus, Ant and Dec, love having a shower in hot weather, although they sometimes like it on cold days too! Both hatched in 2005 and are siblings.