Emus

Large, flightless birds of Australia: their appearance, habitat, facts, and myths.

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Emus

How much does an emu chick cost?

1 week $65

2 week $ 70

3 week $ 74

4 week $ 79

5 week $84

6 week $89

7 week $94

8 week $99

9 week $104

10 week $109

11 week $ 114

12 week $119

3 months $125

add $20 per month thereafter

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Phobias

What is the name for fear of emus?

Currently, there is no official name for the fear of emus.

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What do emus eat?

Emus are omnivores, and they will eat anything that is remotely edible, including some things which are not. They are very curious birds that will try almost anything, using their large beaks to peck at and pick up food.

Commonly, they eat insects, caterpillars, grubs and other invertebrates; seeds, nuts, flowers, fruits, young leaves and other plant parts; lizards, other small animals, eggs and even animal droppings. They do not eat dry grasses or older leaves, even if that's all that is available to them. They are more likely to move on to other food sources.

Emus also swallow quite large stones and charcoal to help them digest their food.

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Ostriches
The Difference Between

What is the difference between an emu and an ostrich?

  • Emus are native to Australia, whilst ostriches are found in Africa.
  • Emus have darker colouring, with dark brown, grey and black fine feathers. Ostriches have thicker and lighter plumage.
  • An ostrich is bigger than an emu. An emu weighs between 66 and 99 pounds (30-45kg). An ostrich weighs about 300 pounds.
  • The ostrich is faster and is, in fact, the world's fastest two-legged animal. An ostrich can sprint at 65 Kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) and an emu can sprint at 50 kph, or 30 mph.
  • Ostriches are unusual among the ratites (flightless birds) as they have only two toes on each foot. Emus and other ratites have three toes.
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Do you need a license to own an emu?

Yes. You cannot have emus without a suitable licence.

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How do emus care for their young?

Once the female emu lays her eggs, the male incubates them. The male also looks after the young chicks once they hatch. Once emu chicks are old enough, they forage along side their parents, seeking food such as insects, and fresh vegetation.

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Chicken Meat

Can emus and chickens live with chickens?

Emus are very placid birds, so they two species could probably live together.

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Where does the dwarf emu live?

Dwarf emus no longer exist. There is only one type of emu - Dromaius novaehollandiae.

There used to be three known species. Two dwarf species of emu inhabited Kangaroo Island (off the South Australian coast) and King Island (in Bass Strait) but they became extinct once whalers began visiting and settling the area.

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What fruits do emus eat?

Do you mean wild emus or pet emus? Encyclopedias list seeds and grass and insects among the foods that wild emus eat. My emus love all sorts of grains and fruit. They'll eat walnuts and grapes and apricots and figs.

There is very little that emus do not eat. They eat all fruits, especially fresh fruits, grains, fresh vegetation and even small mammals and reptiles if they look interesting enough for the emu to peck at.

Emus will not eat older, tougher vegetation and grasses.

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What does emu taste like?

i have had emu sausages before, and as ridiculous as it sounds, they tasted very similar to bacon

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Does the male emu incubate the eggs?

Yes. Male emus build the nest and incubate the eggs once the female has been enticed to lay them in the nest he has built. They will incubate the eggs of more than one female at a time.

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What is the average life span for an emu?

the average life span of an emu is over 30 years

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Mosquitoes

What is a group of eggs called?

It is sometimes called a clutch.

This is not for animal eggs.

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Flightless Birds

Why can't Rheas fly?

Although rheas are birds, they are one of the very few birds that can't actually fly at all. They are members of a group of birds called ratites. Other ratites include the Southern cassowary of Australia and New Guinea, the kiwi from New Zealand, the ostrich from Africa and the emu from Australia.

Ratites have wings but the bones in their chests do not have the capacity for flight muscles, which is what a bird needs to fly. Although the rhea does not actually weigh as much as it appears (20-27kg), its wings are too small by comparison to lift it.

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Can you shoot emus?

No. Although emus are farmed in some places, it is illegal to shoot or harm any emus in the wild. They are native birds and therefore protected by law.

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Grouse and Quail

How are an emu and a grouse alike?

Both birds.

They both lay their eggs in a nest on the ground.

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What is the emu's life span?

Emus live anywhere between 10 and 20 years in the wild, but their average in captivity tends to be around 19 years.
All emus are flightless.

Emus live anywhere between 10 and 20 years in the wild, but their average in captivity tends to be around 19 years.

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Are emu's eggs blue?

No. Emus' eggs are dark green in colour. They have different shades of green underneath the outer surface, but they are not blue.

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How many legs do emus have?

Like all birds, emus have two legs.

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Shingles (infection)

Does emu oil work for shingles?

Because emu oil has anti-inflammatory properties, some people have found that it can help ease the pain of conditions like shingles.

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Flightless Birds
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Kiwis (birds)

Do flightless birds like emus and kiwis have wings?

Yes

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What is the answer to this analogy emu bird frog?

Lizard

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Kangaroos
Rhinoceroses
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Golden Retrievers

Can kangaroos walk backwards?

Kangaroos cannot walk backwards. The shape of their body and the length of their strong tail prohibits them from being able to step backwards.

In addition, their legs cannot move independently on land, only when they swim. When walking, kangaroos support themselves with their front legs and tail while they pull their hind legs along. It is impossible for them to reverse this motion.

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What are the predators of the emu?

Carnivores eat emu's

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Ostriches

What is the name of the ostrich-like bird in Argentina?

There are no ostrich-like birds in Argentina. The closest bird is the rhea, which is a member of the ratite family, to which the ostrich also belongs.

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