Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Casuariidae
        Scientific Name : Dromaius
                                      Novaehollandiae

                      Size(H) : 1.5m - 1.9m 
                                       (4.9ft - 6.2ft)
                       Weight : 18kg - 60kg 
                                       (40lbs - 162lbs)
                 Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
                  Life Span : 12 - 20 years

                      Colour : Black, Grey, Brown
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Enormous body size 
                                      and large eyes
  1. Emus are the second largest bird in the world after the Ostrich.
  2. They are native to Australia and are the largest bird there.
  3. They inhabit woodlands and shrub lands where the get adequate cover and food.
  4. They grow to an average height of around 2m and are known to have very soft feathers.
  5. Their neck and legs are quite long, in comparison to the size of their body.
  6. Due to their huge size, they are unable to fly, though their long legs enable them to run really fast.
  7. They lead a nomadic life and do not stay in a single place for long and are generally found close to water.
  8. They are versatile animals known to adapt easily to different environments.
  9. They are omnivores feeding on fruits, seeds and insects.
  10. Emus are known to form breeding pairs in December and mate a few months later.
  11. The female Emu lay around 12-20 eggs and the male Emu incubates the eggs for 2 months till they hatch.
  12. The Male Emu doesn’t eat much during the breeding process and is living on its fat reserves by the time the eggs hatch.
  13. Their average lifespan in the wild is between10-20 years but they tend to live longer in captivity.
  14. Emus are farmed in large numbers in Australia for their meat, oil and leather.
  15. Emu oil is used commonly as a pain-relieving medicine for joint pains due to sports injuries and arthritis.

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