Sounds & Calls
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)
The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is an iconic flightless bird found throughout mainland Australia. At up to 1.9 metres, the Emu is Australia’s tallest bird, only the Ostrich (Struthio camelus) from Africa is taller. This unmistakable species is a common sight in outback Australia as it roams the grasslands and semi-arid plains. It can also be found in dry eucalypt forest and woodlands in more temperate areas. On average, Emus are a little lighter in weight than their shorter, stockier cousin the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius).
Emus make very low-pitched non-vocal sounds including deep rolling grunts and thumping or booming notes which can be audible at up to two kilometres. They can occasionally be heard calling at night.
Due to the low frequency of the Emu’s call, the following samples may be difficult to hear on the small speakers of mobile devices.