Large and heavy with shaggy, fur-like feathers, the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) cannot fly. Instead it

Dromaius novaehollandiae

walks, sometimes over great distances, in search of seeds and berries. When threatened, perhaps by a pack of dingoes, the emu runs at a surprising speed of up to 30 miles per hour.

Fact FileEdit

  • Height: 5 to 6 ft
  • Weight: 66 to 130 lbs
  • Lifespan: 10 to 20 yrs in the wild
  • Habitat: Grassland and woodland
  • Diet: Seeds and berries
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