Dromaeius novaehollandiae

Diet: Omnivore; plants and insects

Lifespan: 10+ years

Range/Habitat: Australia everywhere except dense forest and arid areas

Conservation Status: Stable

Emus are the 2nd largest bird of Australia, standing up to 6 1/2 feet, weighing over 110 pounds. They are also capable of reaching speeds up to 30 MPH. The emu has small vestigial wings, 3 toes and unique feathers having a double rachis (feather) originating from a single quill. During the breeding season, emus are able to make loud booming calls, audible from over 2 miles aways. The emu is farmed for it’s meat, leather and most importantly the oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties.