Who do you call in the Clarence if you find a sick or injured emu?
Call Wildlife Rescue 1300 094 737 (WIRES) or go online:
Experienced, trained handlers will advise what should be done to assist the emu.
Why should I register an emu sighting?
What if I can't see an emu?
Why are emu populations declining?
Coastal emus are listed as endangered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, with fewer than 100 individuals known to remain on the east coast.
Their range extends from Corindi / Red Rock to Evans Head along the northern New South Wales coast and inland to Bungawalbin wetlands and surrounds, while the main strongholds remain near Yuraygir National Park and Bungawalbin National Park.
Threats to emu survival includes
· Vehicle strike
· Barriers to movement such as fencing
· Habitat loss and loss of food plants
· Feral pests, such as pigs
· Degradation of coastal ecosystems by weeds and wildfire.
Local landholders, together with the Clarence Valley Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Coastal Emu Alliance are working to protect these birds and their habitat.
How can I learn more about coastal emus?
How can I identify how old the chicks are?
< 1 month old = 12 cm tall, yellow-white and black striping
1-3 months old = 25 cm tall, retain stripe pattern
3-5 months old = 65 cm tall, stripes fading, head plumage darkening
5-12 months old = 1 m tall, black to tan brown, similar to adult
12-18 months old = 1.5 to 2 m tall, similar weight to adult, black plumage receding to bear blueish skin on the neck and head, remains with father for up to 18 months
18+ months old (NA - Adult) = 1.5 to 2 m tall, plumage colouration changes complete, males with chicks from 2-3 years of age
How can I tell male and female emus apart?
Females call through guttural drumming, while males grunt and whistle.
Females are larger than males.
The female has a pronounced air sac on her lower neck which is absent in the male.
Males will be positioned behind the female during copulation.