Emu
7 Juveniles running away
Ellura
Emu
Adult Male with Young
 
    
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Flightless Birds (Struthioniformes)
Family: Emu (Dromaidae)
Species: Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
This Photo:     Possibly Immature

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.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 09-May-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)