Scientific classification - Dromaius novaehollandiae
Lemus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is a species native to Australia. In the wild it lives in the most arid Australian areas in fixed pairs or small groups. Fast runner and skilled swimmer, he moves following the rains in search of green vegetation.
The mating season is in autumn (from February to April in the southern hemisphere). The breeding of the Emu for productive purposes (meat and skin) is also spreading in Italy. It lays around 20-25 eggs which are artificially incubated in captivity. The development of the chicks is very rapid. In captivity it demonstrates peaceful behavior and can easily coexist with other animals. It needs large spaces.
Bare head on the sides. Straight and dark beak. Orange eyes.
Strong legs and feet, covered with plaques, powerful nails.
Male and female have the same brownish plumage, darker on the back and sides and lighter on the belly.
Up to 1.8 m tall (smaller females). Weight around 50 kg.
Feeding and reproduction
In captivity it can be fed with feed supplemented with fresh or hay alfalfa, or other forage.
In freedom the nest is built on the ground, generally under large trees, using leaves and plant debris. The eggs (9 to 12) are emerald green and are hatched for about two months. The young, with brown and gray striped down, are active and immediately begin to feed supervised by the male.