Bird

Emu

Area: 
Australia
Habitat: 
Grassy plains and open forests
Food: 
Seeds, leaves, insects, small reptiles, and fruit
Size: 
5 to 6 feet tall
Babies: 
Brown-and-cream striped chicks are able to feed themselves but stay with their father for about 18 months.
Emu eggs are dark green and are the same size and color as an avocado!
Fluffy and Fast

 

Most birds' feathers have tiny "hooks" that keep each piece together to make a smooth surface. Emu feathers don't have those barbs, and that makes them looser and fluffier. They may not be good for flying, but an emu's feathers are just right for keeping the birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. warm!

Emus have tiny, mostly useless wings, but their long legs are very powerful. They can travel at a fast trot for quite a distance and can sprint at 30 miles per hour. Their strong legs also allow the birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. to jump seven feet straight up. Add good eyesight and amazing agility, and emus can escape most any trouble!

When it comes to starting a family, emus do things a little differently than many other birds. The male makes a nest of twigs, leaves, and grass on the ground. The female lays 5 to 15 green eggs in the nest and then leaves! The male emu incubates the eggs. Although the chicks can walk and feed themselves from the moment they hatch, they stay with their father for more than a year. He pretects them from danger and teaches them how to find food and stay safe. Good job, daddy emu!