Birds

 

Here are a few of our animals, come by the zoo to see many more. We will be adding more information and animals to this Animal Education section.

Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae

The Emu is the largest bird native to Australia. It is also the second-largest living bird in the world by height, after its relative, the ostrich. The soft-feathered, brown, flightless bird reach up to 6.6 ft in height.

The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 31 mph for some distance at a time.

 

Ostrich Struthio camelus

The Ostrich is a large flightless bird native to Africa. It is distinctive in its appearance, with a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 45 miles per hour, the top land speed of any bird.

The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any living bird. Ostriches usually weigh from 140–290 lb. with a height of 6 to 9 ft, and their eyes are said to be the largest of any land vertebrate – 2.0 in. in diameter

 

Greater Rhea Rhea americana

The Greater Rhea is a large flightless bird native to eastern South America. The adults have an average weight of 44–60 lb and 51 in long from beak to tail; they usually stand about 5 ft tall.

The legs are long and strong, and have three toes. The wings of the American Rhea are rather long; the birds use them during running to maintain balance during tight turns.

 
 
 
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