Emu - Mosman, NSW


The emu, with the kangaroo, supports the Australian coat-of-arms. It is the largest of Australian birds, being 1.7 metres in height and second in size only to the ostrich, which, in many respects, it resembles. It is powerfully built and gracefully proportioned, and its entire body is covered with soft, drooping feathers of a greyish-brown colour. Like the ostrich, the emu has long since lost the power of flight and now possesses only rudimentary wings, but its remarkable fleetness of foot protects it from all natural enemies. If cornered, it will strike out viciously with its powerful legs and feet, one blow from which would be sufficient to break a man's leg. Although not web-footed it swims remarkably well.

The food of the emu consists mainly of grass, berries, wild fruits, and insects, but in periods of drought large flocks have been known to invade the wheat-fields of the inland districts.
Emus are found throughout the Australian mainland, except in the tropical scrubs of the east coast and in closely-settled areas, from which they have been driven by the advance of civilization.


Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd., Mosman, NSW, 2088
Mosman, NSW, 2088