Emu, Two Emus standing in a grassy plainWhat does it look like? The adult emu is grey brown with black streaks. The head and most of the neck is covered in thin black feathers. The sides of the face and the neck are plain with a pale blue to bluish grey streak. Juveniles are striped with black and white when first hatched but after a few weeks become a dull brown.

Where does it live? The Emu is found over almost all of Australia, except for a small area near the state intersection of WA, NT and SA.

What are its habitats and habits? Emus are diurnal (active mostly during the daytime), flightless, this species is widespread across habitats from desert margins to alpine meadows. Not found in dense forest. Has a varied diet that includes plant sprouts, fruit, and insects. This large bird has attacked people getting too close to the nest or young. Its greatest threat to humans is causing car accidents.

Scientific name: Dromaius novaehollandiae

Size: 2 metres

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