“When you are curious you find lots of interesting things to do. – Walt Disney”
Since I am curious to know more and after learning much about Koala and Wombat, I login again to write about Emu. Since me and my son enjoyed watching videos by Kratt Brothers, I was trying to find something interesting about Emus also but couldn’t find any animated fact based cartoons, on the web. I am not a Biologist or a Zoologist, but I have an inclination in learning about animals, their feature, habitats and adaptation. While looking for Emu I came to know about another unique flightless bird found in North eastern Australia, which is related to Emu whose name is Cassowary. So my next hunt will be to know more about it. Other Birds in the flightless category are Kiwi from Newzealand and Rhea from South america. This curiosity to learn new things along with my kid makes me happy and satisfied and I know you do feel the same.
So here I present some of the interesting facts about Emu, which falls under the category of flightless birds. I have come to know about these interesting facts from the given PDF link about Emu. To know more you can click on PDF link about EMU. This article has helped me to learn various interesting facts related to emu for example: Its defence mechanism, Incubation facts, Australian commonwealth symbol, Emu Egg art, emu feather uses, emu oil uses and many more facts.
- Emu is an Australian second largest bird in the world after Ostrich, which is another flightless bird. It’s Australia’s largest native bird.
- Origin of the word Emu: The word Emu comes from the Portuguese word ‘ema’ which means large bird.
- Eyelids :Have two set of eyelids, one for blinking and one to keep out the dust and sand.
- Feet and toes: The feet of the emu are long with three toes. One of those toes actually has a large talon that is used for fighting.
- Wings : Emu wings are about the size of a human hand and are useful in hot weather helping the bird to cool itself.
- Legs :The Emu’s powerful legs allow it to run very fast, up to 50 kilometres per hour (kph).
- Beak: Beaks are wide and soft for feeding on grasses and herbs and browsing in bushes.
- Sounds of Emu: The Emu’s calls consist of booming, drumming and grunting.
- Incubation : The male Emu incubates the eggs for a period of 7‐8 weeks, without drinking, feeding, defecating or leaving the nest for any other reason.
- Social Behavior: Emus are not very social, they have a curious and docile nature.
- Australian coat of Arms: Emus are seen in company with the Kangaroo on the
Australian Coat of Arms. It is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia
- Collective noun for group of Emus: A Mob
- Defence mechanism: To protect themselves from predators, the Emu’s main defence is a swift kick or two using their powerful legs. When being chased by predators from the sky, for example the wedge tailed eagle, the Emu will run in a zig zag pattern. If they are being chased by cats (which can run at close to double their speed) they employ a clever manoeuvre utilising their wings. The emu, running along at top speed, will raise one of its little wings towards the sky and point the other towards the earth. This causes the emu swivel around almost 180 degrees, still at top speed, and it takes off in a different direction. A cat can’t turn this quickly and its momentum will keep it going for almost 30 metres, by which time the emu is far away. The emu can exhaust its predator before the predator can catch up with it.
- Emu Farming : Emu farming has been tried for several decades for low fat gourmet meat, leather, emu eggs for carvings and oil. Emu oil is used in cosmetics and in the treatment of muscle and joint pains such as arthritis.
- Emu Egg Art: Since I always get fascinated by any form of art, I looked for Emu egg art after reading the above Pdf link mentioned in the blog. There are several video tutorials for this Art in Youtube,which you can check out if you are eager to know more. Here is the link which gives a glimse about this Emu Art
EMUS WITH Dr. DAVE :
A short video providing information about emu eggs and feathers.
STORIES ABOUT EMU:
I wish we had story books about Emu in our shelf, but you can check out the provided Youtube links for EMU Stories which I am adding in the blog:
Writing this blog about emu has made me curious again and I wish to learn more about the Australian commonwealth symbol and about the economical uses of emu. I hope I will be able to share these amazing facts with my kid and make him curious.
Picture credits : Google