Emus are flightless birds that are in the same order as ostriches, cassowary, rheas and kiwis. Their large bulky body is covered in grey-brown feathers with tiny wings. They have long, bare, powerful legs that enable them to run up to 50 km/hour. Emu have 3 toed feet with sharp claws that allow them to deliver strong kicks when defending themselves. Their heads are almost bald, with some sparse black feathers. They have a black bill and red-brown eyes.
Emu are a nomadic species that follows the rains. They are mainly solitary but will show social behaviours if it is beneficial for them. They are active during the day.