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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Class Information
Class Aves
Order Information
Order Struthioniformes
Family Information
Family Casuariidae
Genus Information
Genus Dromaius
Species Information
Species D. novaehollandiae
Population statistics

Emus are large flightless birds similar to small ostrichs. Emus are native to Australia where they eat seeds, insects, and shrubs. The Emu is featured on the Australian Coat of Arms along with the Kangaroo.


According to the origins theory model used by creation scientists, emus, like all flightless, non-aquatic birds, originated in the Middle East and are the descendants of the two emus that were taken aboard Noah's Ark prior to the Great Flood. Also according to creation science theories, after the Flood, emus bred from the Ark passengers then migrated to Australia. There is debate whether this migration happened over land[1] as it is thought that Australia was still for a time after the Flood connected to the Middle East before the supercontinent of Pangea broke apart[2] or if they rafted on mats of vegetation torn up by the receding flood waters.[1] The theory that God simply generated emus into existence is considered by most creation researchers to be contra-Biblical.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "How did animals get from the Ark to places such as Australia", Answers In Genesis
  2. "Pangea and the Flood", Apologetics Press