Emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Classification

Domain Eukarya: Organisms in this Domain are multicellular and single cellular

Kingdom Animalia: all animals in this kingdom are multicellular and can walk at least at some point in their life.

Phylum


Chordata

bilateral symmetry


segmented body, including segmented muscles


three germ layers and a well-developed coelom


Chordates



Class

Aves

horny beak, no teeth

large muscular stomach

feathersirds

bird


Order


Struthioniformes


cassowaries, emus, kiwis


Family


Dromaiidae


emus


Genus


Dromaius


emu


Species


Dromaius novaehollandiae


emu

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Height: 175 cm


Weight: 36 kilograms


Diet: Fruits, seeds, insects, and small animals


Habitat: Savannah, and grasslands in Australia


Predator: Dingo

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Emus will live anywhere in Australia

Physical Adaptations

Emus have lots of physical characteristics in common with the ostrich. Emus can be as tall as 190 cm. The average is 175 cm. Emus are the only bird with calf muscles. they can run up to 13.4 m/s with an average 3 meter stride. the high strength of their legs allows them to preform high powered kicks that can break fences and maiming predators. The average weight of an Emu is 36 to 40 kilograms and females being a little bit fatter. Their plumage of shaggy dark brown feathers is not streamlined its main purpose is insulation from the sun. young Emus will have more camouflage. Emus have a long neck that is whitish-blue. their heads are cover in black feathers and they have a big black beak.

Behavioral Adaptations

Emus are lonely birds but have social behaviors whenever advantageous. That includes sharing nests and searching for food. In these instances large groups will migrate to the next food source. Emus show a playful curiosity with each other and with other animals an example would be pecking or biting another animal and running away.

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