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Scientific name:  Dromaius novaehollandiae
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Oceania
Habitat:  Bosque templado y taiga
Diet:  Insectívoro
Weight:  30 - 60 kg
Size:  1,50 - 1,90 m
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Meet the Emu!

The Emu is one of the most widespread birds within the Australian continent, although unfortunately, it is extinct in Tasmania. However, in continental Australia it is quite abundant (so much so that it is even a serious pest in some areas, due to the threat it poses to cereal farmers).

Its plumage is gray, as are its head and long legs. Although it contrasts the skin of the neck which is slightly bluish. It is one of the largest birds in the world; only the ostrich is bigger.

What are its habits?

During reproduction, like many other bird species, the male emu is responsible for incubating the eggs and caring for the chicks until they are about six months old. Each clutch can have from five to 20 eggs in total (much smaller than ostrich eggs).

They are omnivores, their diet is basically composed of seeds, fruits, flowers and some insects.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


The incubation of the emu, which is in charge of the male individual, lasts a total of 56 days and its eggs are dark green.

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