Common Emu | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Common Emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Three species of Emu's existed once but sadly two of those where hunted to extinction and we have only one single species left. The second largest bird on the planet (by height), next only to the Ostrich, and found in the woodlands of Australia, the Common Emu can weigh up to 60 kg.

Native Range →

Most of Austrailia

Natural Habitat  →

Savannah forest and grassland

Diet  →

Omnivorous, including dung

Life Expectancy  →

5-10 years in the wild. 15-20 years in zoos

Breeding  →

5-24 eggs from a 48-56 day incubation

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →


Fun fact

Common Emus have two sets of eyelids, one for blinking and the other for keeping the dust out!

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