Emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 1.9m in height, making them the largest native bird in Australia.
Courtship is initiated by females with emus forming breeding pairs during summer, and staying together for about five months. Males construct a nest big enough for a clutch of five to fifteen eggs, 13x9cm in size and weighing between 450-650g. The shell is around 1mm thick and the surface granulated and initially pale green. During the 56 day incubation period the egg turns dark green.
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