The Emu is the second tallest living bird, after its relative the Ostrich. They can reach six feet in height and weigh between 70 and 90 pounds. Females are larger than males. Emus are flightless, but can travel great distances and can sprint up to 30 miles per hour. They have long bare legs and three forward facing toes and are the only birds with calf muscles, making them more adapted to sprinting and long-distance running. Never stand in front of an emu; those sharp toes are dangerous weapons!
Emus are endemic to mainland Australia and live in various habitats. They are found both inland and near the coast.