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Emu

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Class: Aves       
Diet: Omnivore
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Weight: Up to 45kg      
Height: Up to 2m
Reproduction: Egg-laying         
Status: Least concern   

The emu is the world’s second-largest bird and can run up to 50km/hour. They feed on leaves, grasses, seeds, insects and fruit. The female lays six to 12 dark green eggs each year. The male then incubates them and raises the chicks. Emus are found in most habitats throughout mainland Australia. However, they are no longer found in closely settled areas.

Although the average lifespan is 20 years, the oldest emu recorded lived to an age of 38 years!

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