Trivia and Fun Facts
- The Emu is native to Australia and it is believed to have existed
almost unchanged for over 80 million years.
- The Emu was considered a pest in Australia and destroyed by the thousands.
- Emu and ostrich are totally different birds. The only similarity
they share is that they are both flightless.
- Emus are very docile and curious birds.
- The Emu is an omnivore. In the wild its diet consists of grains
and seeds and small rodents, reptiles and birds.
- The Emu's wings are about 6 inches long and has a curved claw on the end.
They are totally useless for flight. They seem to use their wings as radiators on hot days.
- Females can lay up to 60 eggs per season. The average egg production
for a hen is 30 to 40 eggs.
- The laying season begins in mid-September and ends in May or early June. (Northern Hemisphere)
- The eggs are dark green and weigh 1 to 1 1/2 pounds (500 to 780 grams).
- The male Emu incubates the eggs 50 to 60 days and then raises the chicks.
- An Emu grows quickly and reaches its full height in one year.
- Emus love water and are excellent swimmers.
- Emu oil has been used to soothe pain from arthritis, sore joints, burns,
cuts and scrapes, and insect stings.