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(engl: Emu)

Good on foot 

Their long, powerful legs make the flightless emus fast endurance runners. When foraging, they move around in herds and often travel long distances. On the run they can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h. Emus are also good swimmers.

Single fathers 

Sometimes several hens lay their eggs together in a nest hollow. The rooster takes over the incubation of the large clutch and the rearing of the young when they hatch. The offspring have striped camouflaged feathers, and only hatch during the rainy season when there is enough food available. 

Emu, Foto: Thomas Hahn
Emu, Foto: Thomas Hahn
Verbreitungsgebiet: Emu
Verbreitungsgebiet: Emu
Scientific Surname Dromaius novaehollandiae
Order Ratites
Family Emus
Size till 180 cm
Weight till 55 kg
Reproduction breeding period: 56 days, 10-25 eggs
Distribution Australia
Habitat bush savanna
Food Fruits, Seeds, Grass, Herbs, young animals, insects
Livestock not endangered


Emu-Senior im Tiergarten gestorben

Im Tiergarten der Stadt Nürnberg musste am Montag, 28. August 2017, der einzige verbliebene Emu altersbedingt eingeschläfert werden. Der Vogel konnte sich nicht mehr auf den Beinen halten.

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