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What is the Difference Between an Ostrich and an Emu?

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Asked by anantharaman, 16 Nov '09 12:17 am
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Ostriches and emus are both members of a family of flightless birds.The adult ostrich stands at an average height of 2.5m (8ft 2in), which makes it the worlds tallest bird species. Both sexes possess soft and fluffy feathers. However its plumage is sexually dimorphic: in the male there are distinctively jet black feathers which in females are a ruddy grey-brown colour. In addition, the males possess loose- textured drooping white feathers on their wings and tail. The birds have large strong legs (ending uniquely in only two toes), which enable an easy striding gait allowing a top speed when running of 40mph (60 km/h). It is their great speed in combination with a keen sight that provides them with a means of outpacing any predating animal that might seek to attack them. The ostriches inhabit landscapes such as desert, semi-desert, and grasslands where the terrain is open enough for speed to be an effective deterrent. Ostriches are herbivorous foragers and feed via ballistic pecki ...more
Answered by inquisitive, 16 Nov '09 06:10 am

 
  
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Ostrich also known as Struthio camelus is a fast-running African flightlesslargest living bird with two-toed feet. EMU too is a Large Australian flightlessbird similar to the ostrich but smaller.
Answered by Jack Johnson, 16 Nov '09 08:04 am

 
  
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:The ostrich, Struthio camelus, is a large flightless bird native to Africa. It is the only living species of its family, Struthionidae and its genus, Struthio. Ostriches share the order Struthioniformes with the kiwis, and other ratites. 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 (72 km/h), 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 (extinct elephant birds of Madagascar and giant moa of New Zealand laid larger eggs).
The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae, is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. The soft-feathered, brown, flightless bird reach up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated area ...more
Answered by iqbal seth, 16 Nov '09 07:46 am

 
  
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He birds are different but even more remarkable are their similarities. Even though they live continents apart the ostrich in Africa and the emu in Australia the look-alike long-necked, long-legged birds are both flightless runners. They are champions.

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The emu and ostrich. Their keepers indicate the birds' relative sizes.

Differences: The emu is about 25% shorter than the ostrich and has three toes. The ostrich has only two (the only bird with two toes). They live in similar terrain open country but widely separated.

Both belong to the same order of birds but not the same family. That's analogous to us being in the same order (primates) with Old World monkeys but not in the same family (ours being 'great apes and humans').

Back to how similar the birds are. Why are they so similar since they are in different animal families? Primarily because they are both superb runners. ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 16 Nov '09 03:22 pm

 
  
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Both these birds belong to class Ratite,they can run fast but can not fly.Ostrch are larger in size as compared to Emu.Ostrich are generally found in Middle East Asia & African Deserts while Emu in Australia & Newzeland deserts.
Answered by Santiranjan Pal, 16 Nov '09 07:14 am

 
  
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The emu has three toes and the ostrich has two toes. They also belong to different continents.
Answered by nargis bhambi, 16 Nov '09 12:21 am

 
  
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Ostriches and emus are both members of a family of flightless birds. Other members of this family include the cassowaries (Casuariinae) of New Guinea, emus (Dromiceinae) of Australia, kiwis (Apterygidae) of New Zealand, rheas (Rheidae) of South America and tinamous (Tinamidae) of the Neotropics, ranging from north-eastern Mexico to Tierra del Fuego. The extinct groups include moas (Dinornithidae) of New Zealand, elephant birds (Aepyornithidae) of Africa and Madagascar and mihirung birds (Dromornithidae) of Australia. Except for the tinamou, these birds are entirely flightless and are known collectively as ratites.
Answered by Shan Real, 16 Nov '09 12:18 am

 
  
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The emu is a smaller cousin of the ostrich .
Answered by Deepak Joshi, 16 Nov '09 12:18 am

 
  
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Emus are native to Australia, whilst ostriches are found in Africa.
Emus have darker colouring, with dark brown, grey and black fine feathers. Ostriches have thicker and lighter plumage.
An ostrich is bigger than an emu. An emu weighs between 66 and 99 pounds (30-45kg). An ostrich weighs about 300 pounds.
The ostrich is faster and is, in fact, the world's fastest two-legged animal. An ostrich can sprint at 65 Kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour) and an emu can sprint at 50 kph, or 30 mph.
Ostriches are unusual among the ratites (flightless birds) as they have only two toes on each foot. Emus and other ratites have three toes.
Answered by anil garg, 01 Sep '12 11:58 am

 
  
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