Dromaius novaehollandiae

Body Length:Up to 6'
Weight:80–120 lbs
Geographic Distribution:Throughout Australia
Habitat:Arid inland plains to tropical woodlands but not rain forests or true deserts; they avoid populated areas, preferring savannah woodland and forests
Wild Diet:Vegetation and fruit, occasionally small insects; they swallow stones to aid digestion
Zoo Diet:Specialized ratite pellets and chopped apples and greens
Status in the Wild:Least Concern

Emus are sexually dimorphic (with two distinct gender forms) but not easily distinguished. Males are smaller than females. Both have dark gray-brown feathers and a whitish ruff at the base of their neck. The plumage on their rudimentary wings is loose and shaggy because, unlike most birds, their feathers lack the small barbules that hold them together. They have a black bill, and the skin of their head and throat is blue while their long legs are dark gray with three toes. Their eyes are reddish-brown.