The Habitat of an Emu

Southern Emu-wren

The Kurdaitcha man of Central Australia is said to wear sandals made of emu feathers to mask his footprints. Emu chicks have distinctive cream and brown diagonal stripes to help them camouflage which will fade after around 3 months. Emus tend to forage for food in a diurnal pattern.

If ample fresh H20 is accessible nearby, emus can generally manage, as water is necessary every single day.


Emus are also able to swim when necessary. Male emus are dedicated parents. An Emus omnivorous diet consists of grasses, flowers, fruit, berries, seeds from the Mulga shrub, various plants and insects including crickets, grasshoppers, ladybirds, caterpillars, ants and moth larvae.

The emu has a pouch in its throat that is part of the bird's windpipe and is used for communication. Similar species: They migrate on foot on journeys as far as kilometres or more to find abundant feeding areas.

The closest relative to the emu is a Cassowary, another flightless bird. Emu Natural Habitat In terms of landscapes, emus are diverse birds. The emu has been recorded in the areas shown in pink.

How long do the females sit on the eggs for? In Western Australia, emu movements follow a distinct seasonal pattern—north in summer and south in winter. The male loses up to one-third of his body weight. One toe on each foot has a long talon, for fighting. Average weight: Emus have two long and stalky legs that they use for movement and travel. Commercial emu farming started in Western Australia in , and the first slaughtering occurred in O'Malley Home About Why birds that live where people live?

Between and , more than 1, emus were raised at the Zoo and shipped to zoos all over the world. On hot days at streams or dams they will sometimes roll on their backs and kick their legs in the air. In addition to emus, other ratites include ostriches , rheas , kiwis , and elephant birds. The Emu is found only in Australia. He sits on the clutch of eggs to incubate them, in between the times when the female lays more eggs.

Clutch Size: Parasitic Bees. User Login. In these featherless patches, they have bluish or tan skin.

Animal Facts

After the eggs are laid, females will leave the nest. At the end of 15 months, these would yield 4 square metres of leather, kg of meat, 5. They eat a variety of native and introduced plant species; the type of plants eaten depends on seasonal availability. Their feet have three toes and fewer bones and muscles than those of flying birds.

Contents 1 Description 2 Distribution, ecology, and behavior 2.