|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)|
|Order:||Flightless Birds (Struthioniformes)|
|Species:||Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)|
|This Photo:||7 Juveniles running away|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills 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.