Emus and ostriches, though similar in appearance, differ in habitat, size, eggs, and more. Explore their distinctions in taxonomy, features, and behavior.
Emu and ostrich share a basic body plan but differ in size. Ostrich is larger, reaching 9 feet and 330 pounds, while the emu stands at 5 to 6 feet.
Ostriches use wings for various purposes, while emus have nearly invisible wings with no known function.
Emus feature three toes with sharp claws, while ostriches have only two toes, also equipped with sharp claws.
Unique feather structures: Ostrich feathers lack hooks, soft and fluffy: Emu feathers have double shafts, siamese twin design, aiding water retention.
Ostrich: Long neck, often half its length. Emu: Bluish feathered neck; Somalian ostrich's male has a bluish neck.
Emus: Similar appearance, sun-faded brown feathers. Ostriches: Striking male black plumage, white edges; females, dull brown. Different bill colors.
Ostrich, Earth's largest bird, stands 6.9-9ft tall, males weigh 220-287lb. Emu, second largest, reaches 5-6ft. Varied data on ostrich, but it dominates.
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