Emus are birds because they have
feathers and lay eggs. They are the largest
bird in Australia but they cannot fly.
Emus have two, long, strong legs and large
feet with thick toes. They have a large,
oval shaped body, a long, thin neck, a
small head and a short, pointy beak. Their
feathers are black, brown and white. The
adults can grow up to 2 metres tall and can
weigh 60 kilograms or more.
Emus are only found in Australia and live
mainly in bushland and grassy areas.
However they are very hardy birds and can
live in most places.
They can run very fast with their powerful
legs even up to 50 kilometres an hour.
They often travel a long way each day
looking for food.
Emus eat berries, leaves, seeds,
flowers, fruit, plants and even insects like
The male emu builds a nest of small sticks
and leaves then the hen lays between
6–12 large dark green eggs. Usually
female birds look after the eggs but emus
The male sits on the eggs to keep them
warm until they hatch. This usually takes
about 8–10 weeks. The young chicks have
brown feathers with white stripes which
make it hard for them to be seen in the
The male protects the young chicks from
enemies such as dingoes and eagles.
Emus have been farmed since about 1970 for
their meat, feathers and also for oil which is
used for making cosmetics.
Emus are _______because they have ___________and _______eggs. They are
the _______bird in Australia but they cannot fly. Emus have two, long, strong
legs and large feet with thick________. They have a large, oval shaped body, a
long, thin neck, a small ________ and a short, pointy_______. Their feathers
are black, brown and_______. The adults can grow up to 2 ______tall and can
weigh 60 __________ or more.
birds largest lay feathers toes metres white kilograms head beak
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T G S J B G P S N N J P S F C
I K S E N U E L H X O A R E H
U N I U I R N Y A W V M E A I
R M O L T R Z N E N L B W T C
F Y Y E O E R R I Y T X O H K
R S M A B G F E H O E S L E S
S M R I L U R P B R H R F R H
P D R R L J B A B R O W N S E
U D E O T L I W M F X P M D A
S A Y E O Y W M S S L Y H V D
T C S V S T B K E Q J N X P K
L E A V E S O B T S E G R A L
U C C Y M K E E G I C O C F G
E T I H W A B Z S P L R X C L
K O L P K P J G Q J S G E L T
BEAK BERRIES BIRDS BROWN CHICKS FEATHERS FLOWERS FRUIT HEAD KILOGRAMS
LARGEST LAY LEAVES LEGS METRES PLANTS POWERFUL SEED STOES WHITE YOUNG
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male _______________ small _____________
young _______________ dark _____________
white _______________ thick_____________
Largest are fly. They bird in Australia but they cannot the
male the nest a emu of builds sticks. small
1. The female protects the young from ememies ____
2. They are the largest bird_____
3. They are found all over the world _____
4. The female sits in the eggs ______
5. The adults can grow 3 metres tall _______
Where do emus live?______________________________________________
Why are they birds?
Why do the chicks have chicks have brown feathers with white stripes ?
How heavy can an adult weigh?