The Emu. Such a glorious creature. Such a charming face.
Or maybe not.
To celebrate my first post in this blog, here are ten facts about this somewhat magnificent bird that you may find interesting*.
- Emus’ bones and joints are very similar to dinosaurs’.
- The emu has a knife-like nail on their toes which is used in kicking away predators
- Emus are the only birds with calf muscles
- Emus have two sets of eyelids, one for blinking and one to keep the dust out.
- The first occurrence of genetically identical bird twins was discovered in the emu.
- More than 600 places in Australia are named after the emu.
- The name emu is, surprisingly, not an Aboriginal word. It appears to come from an old Arabic word that means "large bird."
- Emus are the second largest bird in the world after the ostrich.
- Emus check their droppings for undigested seeds, which they pick out and eat again.
- The male emu’s call is said to sound like “e-mooooo”.
That’s all for today, I guess. Watching Glasswing Butterfly and Blobfish’s little rivalry unfold entertains me, so I’ll probably be back eventually.
*Then again, you may not.