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Emu - Australia's large flightless bird

Emu – Australia’s large flightless bird

The emu is the second animal supporting the shield on the Australian Coat of Arms.  The emu is a large flightless bird, native to Australia.  They average 1.7 metres in height, not as large as the ostrich from Africa.  They are the colour of dead grass, which makes them very difficult to see if they are not moving.

 

Each year the female lays about six to ten eggs, although sometimes even more.  The eggs are dark green with a very thick shell.  One emu egg contains the equivalent of about ten chicken eggs!

 

When the chicks are very young, they are striped black and white, but lose the stripes as they grow.