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Emu at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.


Dromaius novaehollandiae

Conservation Status

Least Conern


Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia


Grassy plains, forests, scrublands


A Bird With Many Hidden Talents

The emu is the second largest bird in the world and a very vocal communicator. It has a unique throat pouch, which allows it to make deep booming, drumming, grunting, and even hissing sounds. Despite their size, emus are excellent swimmers and their strong legs enable them to jump up to 7 feet in the air. While running, an emu’s stride is nearly 9 feet long and they can sprint long distances, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Although emus have wings, they are flightless. Their feathers have a unique design, which gives them a hair-like appearance and protects them from the sun.

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