Emu

Dromaius novaehollandia

Emus are only found in Australia and they are the second largest bird in the world at up to 190cm tall and weighing up to 55kg.

 They are important seed dispersers eating fruits and seeds as well as flowers, insects and snails.

At breeding time the female will help to prepare the nest which is a platform of grass 1 to 2 meters in diameter. Once she has laid the eggs she wonders off and leaves the rest to the male. For the following 55 days he takes his duty very seriously and does not leave the nest till the chicks have hatched. Once hatched they wander off and he stays with the chicks for up to two years defending them and teaching them how to forage for food.