• IUCN Status
    Least Concern
  • Population
    630,000 to 725,000
  • Diet
  • Group
  • Size
    approx 1.75 metres tall
  • Continent
  • Lifespan
    10-15 years in the wild, upto 35 years in captivity
  • Weight
    more than 40kg
  • Habitat
    Their habitat includes eucalyptus forest, woodland, heath land, desert shrub lands and sand plains
  • Scientific Name
    Dromaius novaehollandiae

Meet the Emu


Australia is the only place emus are found and they inhabit almost the entire continent. There are fewer of them toward the centre of the country and along the eastern coast.

An emu is generally a solitary bird, but will exhibit social behaviors when it is advantageous, such as sharing a nest and searching for food.

They exhibit playful curiosity with animals of their own and other species, particularly noted in captive environments. An example is biting or pecking another animal then running away, simply to get a response.

They eat seeds, flowers, fruits and tender roots. During the summer they eat many insects, especially caterpillars, beetles and grasshoppers, and also small vertebrates.



Meet our emus at Wolds Wildlife Park

Did you know?

Here are some interesting facts about emus.

How many toes does an emu have?up arrow

Each emu foot has three forward-facing toes that allow it to grip the ground, thrusting the bird forward.

A powerful kick is also handy for keeping predators at bay.

How fast can an emu run and jump?down arrow

This flightless bird has small wings relative to the size of its body. Its long, powerful legs, though, allow it to run up to about 30 miles (50 km) per hour.

While running, the emu’s stride can be almost 9 feet (2.7 meters) long. Their strong legs also allow the bird to jump 7 feet (2.1 meters) straight up.

Do emus have good eyesight?down arrow

Emus have good eyesight and hearing, which allows them to detect threats at some distance

The emu has two eyelids. One eyelid is used for blinking, while the other prevents dust and sand to enter the eyes.

What noise does an emu make?down arrow

The emu has a pouch in its throat that it uses to make booming grunting sounds to communicate during mating season.

These calls are usually made during courtship and the breeding season heard up to 1.2 miles (2 km) away!

What do emus drink?down arrow

They require a large amount of water, drinking 9-18 liters (2.5-5 gallons) daily. If not disturbed, they may drink continuously for ten minutes.