The emu is designed to cope well with the extreme temperatures of its habitat. It has the ability to store fat after eating abundantly, which then allows it to survive during times when food is scarce. Young emus have black, brown, and cream stripes just after they hatch. This design gives them a better chance of survival since it blends them into their surroundings.


  • The emu is smaller than the ostrich and is native to Australia.
  • It has brown or grayish-black feathers, and brown legs, bill, and eyes. Its neck is blue.
  • The emu is the second largest bird.

Fun Facts

  • The emu is Australia’s national bird.
  • The egg of the emu is normally a green color.
  • The male is the one who incubates the egg.

Created Kind Members


CLASS: Aves (birds)
ORDER: Struthioniformes (ratites)
FAMILY: Dromaiidae (emus)
GENUS/SPECIES: Dromaius novaehollandiae

Size: 5–7 ft (1.8–2.1 m)
Weight: Average: 110 lbs (50 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants, insects, and small vertebrates
Habitat: Savannas and open forests of Australia