Australian Barn Owl
7 Juveniles running away
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Flightless Birds (Struthioniformes)|
|Species:||Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)|
|This Photo:||Juveniles, profile|
EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Got the surprise of our lives today when an Emu with 7 youngsters in tow walked by while we were eating lunch. It's been 18months since we've seen an emu on Ellura; and it's the first time we've seen young
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Big ugly bird, in fact the biggest Australian native bird, but perhaps not the ugliest
Runs very fast (up to 50km/hr), is very tall (nearly 2m) and timid.
They have a scruffy white collar in breeding season.
Their lower beak is serrated, designed for grazing.
The male looks after the eggs & young. While incubating them he doesn't eat, drink or defecate!
It's not generally possible to determine gender visually.