Emu - Dromaius novaehollandiae
Emu - Dromaius novaehollandiae

Emu - Dromaius novaehollandiae

Native to Australia, the Emu is the second-largest living bird by height, growing to nearly two metres tall.

Australia is an enormous place and so Emus often have to travel huge distances in search of food, meaning that they have incredible endurance but when necessary, they're capable of sprinting at at 50 km/h (31 mph)

Emus forage for a variety of plants and insects, but can go for weeks without eating or drinking.

It is the male emu who incubates the eggs. Once his mate has laid the clutch, he will neither eat nor drink until the eggs hatch, and in fact will only stand up to turn his eggs,which he does about ten times a day.

Over the eight weeks that he cares for the eggs, he will lose up to one third of his total body weight.


- Which other Ratite can you find in Australia
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- They can't fly but how to Emus use their wings?


You'll need black, blues, greys, browns & pinks to colour this bird... remember if you don't have all the colours you need, you can mix other colours to get the ones you want.

Start light and build the colour up, if you start too dark too soon, you can't add any more.

Practise mixing your colours on a separate sheet of paper first so that you know what to expect when you move to colouring the real thing.

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