Johnny's Game and Fish Park

Emu

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  •  Names
    Bob & Athena
  • Lifespan
    10-20 years
  • Interesting…An emu nest consists of 10-20 large green eggs.  Each egg is equivalent in size and weight to a dozen chicken eggs.
    15-20 years
  • Interesting…Dexter cattle are a versatile breed capable of living in the hot of Florida or the cold of Alaska.

A native to Australia, the emu is one of the largest species of birds (second only to the ostrich).  Emus grow up to 6 feet tall and 130 pounds!  They have dull brown feathers with a gray-blue head.  With only small, stubby wings, their talons and running speed are their main defense.  Emus are capable of running up to 40 mph to escape predators.  The large, green eggs of an emu are laid in a scooped-out hole in the ground.  The male incubates (sits on) the eggs for two months, during which time he does not leave the nest.  The male loses up to a third of his body weight while nesting.  He also takes care of the chicks once they are born.  An emu’s diet consists of roots, fruits, and insects.

Emu

Johnny sezJohnny says:“The male is the smaller bird.  You may see him puff out his chest and make a deep, booming call.”