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( Dromaius novaehollandiae )

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The Emu can be found in Australia. It inhabits almost the entire area of Australia. Australian desert areas are the only exception, where Emu does not live. It inhabits plain and open woodland areas. Its nest is usually a scrape on the ground.

Dromaius novaehollandiae is a large bird with rudimentary wings, which means, that they are underdeveloped. Therefore it cannot fly. It is a large bird with brownish plumage. Its head and back of the neck is black, whereas the sides of the neck are bluish. Its eyes are red. Hens are heavier with a weight of up to 55 kg (121 lb). Young birds have got brown and white stripe pattern. Although these birds cannot fly, they can walk at the speed of 7 km per hour (4mph). It is able to make leaps as long as 2.7 meters (9 feet). In comparison humans walk at the speed of 5 km per hour. When running, its speed may increase to 48 km per hour (30mph). When having a rest emus lie down and cool themselves by holding out their wings. After hatching their eggs, the male bird takes care for the offspring. The emu lies from 5 to 25 dark-green colored eggs. The parents are together with their offspring for at least eight months. Dromaius novaehollandiae is an omnivorous animal.

Emu ( Dromaius novaehollandiae )

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