Friday, March 04, 2016

Curious Emus

Behind the beautiful statues in colorful attires that you see in my previous post, there were a dozen emus waiting for us inside an enclosed chain-link fence. The second largest living birds by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich, were seen too curious watching at us and the way they raise their heads and peep out from the fence was funnier.  Usually it was we; the manner (to peek) in getting a clear picture out of hindrance, but the emus copy with the attitude was really amusing.

Curious Emus

The soft feathered, brown, flightless emus are protected inside a chain-link fence connected with rusted poles. Though it wasn’t inviting and anyone could give a miss to the birds if not observed due to the abandoned park setting around. It was really good to see more emus than the couple of ones we saw in Javadu hills, and they stare at us with great intense and pointed beak could scare anyone.

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Emus can reach up to 6.2 ft in height, and travel great distances and run at a speed of 50km/h if necessary. Interesting to note, emus drink infrequently but take in copious amounts of water when the opportunity arises and they forage on variety of plants and insects and also go for weeks without eating. (source wiki)

Linking this post for Good Fences and SATURDAY CRITTERS

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

aren't they cool! :)

Sandi said...



:-)

Sandhya said...

I didn't know much details about emu birds. thanks for sharing, Jeevan!

Rose said...

They are a big bird...I would not want one to be mad at me and be in the same place.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Hello Jeevan, pity these beautiful birds spend their lives behind wire.....but at least they are protected and have enough to eat! I like what you say about life and nature.
Enjoy your week!

Twilight Man said...

This is interesting to know that emus could reach the height of 6 feet and run so fast.
I had never seen them before. Do the people eat and cook the meat?

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely to see them. Have a wonderful weekend.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) They are curious large birds. I didn't realize they good run so fast,..thank you for the information, and have a good weekend.

Jeevan said...

Twilingt Man - Actually emus were introduced into our country for poultry purpose and many companies were opened in Tamil Nadu to promote this industry and many farmland owners invested at these companies in setting up emu farms, but that didn’t went fair and almost companies where shutdown due to defraud complain and many people lost their price... It is believed emu meats are fat-less. I have seen emus caged at some places just for attraction and couple of them were restaurants.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jeevan, the emu are cool birds. I did not know they could go weeks without eating. Thanks for the info, great shots. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Destination Infinity said...

They could go for weeks without eating? That makes me think, for our size, perhaps three meals a day is overeating? :P I saw ostriches recently at Vandaloor. How huge they are!

Destination Infinity

Rajesh said...

Wonderfully informative post on the Emu bird.

Marie C said...

Great learning about the emus...they definitely are a curious bunch! :-)

carol l mckenna said...

Great post and the emus are adorable ~ fun shots!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Indrani said...

Yes I have seen these farms, a little sad story though.

Elsie Amata said...

I forget how big emus are until I see them in person. Great pictures, Jeevan.

RUTH FASHION DIARY said...

Great read ,and beautiful pictures Jeevan.