The largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. These brown, soft feathered birds can reach two metres in height and they can travel vast distances at a fast economical trot and if necessary can sprint at 31mph. They can live for 10-20 years in the wild and are predated by dingos, eagles and hawks. They feed on a variety of plants and insects but have been known to go for weeks without food. They drink infrequently but take on copious fluids when the opportunity arises. They will sit in water and can swim and indeed for the first time ever we watched three having a whale of a time in their pool, ducking down and shaking themselves, like watching starlings in our bird bath!
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Photo taken in Brickendon Liberty, Hertfordshire, UK
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