EMU

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Classification

Domain Eukarya- Single and multicellular cells and they are cells that have a nucleas .

Kingdom Animalia-Most are multicellular,heterotrophs and animal cells don't have cell walls.

Phylum Chordata- Bilateral symmetry, they have a full digestive system, and usually have a backbone or endoskeleton.

Subphylum Vertebrata-a ventral heart with 2-4 chambers,have a large liver and pancreas in the digestive system and movements functioned by muscles attached to endoskeleton.

Class Aves- have a large muscular stomach,a Strong Skeleton and large hard shelled eggs.

Order-Struthioniformes- cassowaries,emus,kiwis,ostriches, and rheas.

Family-Dromaiidae

Genus-Dromaius

Species-Dromaius novaehollandiae.

General Description

Height- Most emus are 190 cm high.

Length- Average length is from 175 cm to 68 cm.

Weight-They range from 79 to 88 pounds.

Color- blue to brownish black to blend in.

Diet- Feed on fruits, seeds,insects, and small animals.

Natural range-Their mainland is Australia.

Habitat Description-Mostly found in the Savannah, grassland and non-tropical places.

Predators-Are commonly dingoes and bald eagles.

Physical Adaptations

Some physical adaptations are the emu has lots of features in common with the ostrich. Their feet which is three forward facing toes and no back claws. Emus also have long thin legs with calf muscles so they are very good at sprinting and running. This strength in their legs allow them to go up to 13.4 mph. This also allows them to perform really strong kicks to fences or other animals. Younger emu's have more camoflauge by having tan stripes on their body. Emus have very small wings but they cannot fly.

Behavioral Adaptations

Emu's are nocturnal and this makes them hunt in the night. Emu's express a playful curiosity with each other particularly in captive environments. Females have to protect their mate so he will not be harmed and so that her children will have a father. When the babies are born the father will teach them how to survive and protect themselves. They are independent in 15 to 18 months. Emu's are pretty social except when the female has given birth. When they are sharing food and searching for food they like to be in groups . They also like to be in groups when they migrate for another or new food source.

Refrences

Dromaius novaehollandiae. (n.d.). Retrieved from Dromaius novaehollandiae

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Dromaius novaehollandiae. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://eol.org website:

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Burton, M. (2002). Emu. In International life encyclopedia (3rd ed., Vol. 6,

pp. 782-784). New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.



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