‘Emu (C)Sonja Ross 2014 birdlifephotography.org.au’
Habitat at a Glance
See Habitat Guide for more detail
Shelter: Thickets of vegetation
Diet: Fruits, seeds, fresh foliage, and invertebrates
Water: Large ponds and dams
ReWild Benefit: Seed dispersal, pest control
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Emus are adaptable and will survive in the harshest environments. These large birds will shelter under large trees, shrubs, and in tall grass.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Emus are omnivores and eat fruits, seeds, flowers, vegetation, invertebrates, and small animals. A large property with plenty of native flowering and fruiting plants can provide food for resident emu’s. Suitable plants are listed in the related resources below.
Providing sources of water
Emus are well known to visit large frog ponds and farm dams to drink and bathe.
Emus are the ‘gardeners of the bush’ as they disperse seeds across our bushland habitats. Visit BirdLife Australia if you want to know more about emus. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood, you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population.