Runner birds

Common Emu

The powerful Australian emu

The emu is the second tallest bird in the world, right after the ostrich, with a height of up to 190 cm. They have three toes on each foot and can run at speeds of up to 48 km/h. Their legs are featherless, their beaks are adapted for grazing, and their good vision and hearing allow them to detect threats from a distance.

Characteristics

Order:
Palaeognathae

Family:
Dromaiidae

Scientific name:
Dromaius novaehollandiae

Habitat:
Savanna, shrubland, grassland

Origin:
Australia

Current trend:
Stable

Number of individuals in the world:
630.000-725.000

Lifetime:
10-20 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Greater Rhea

A land giant

Nandu is a type of flightless bird weighing around 20 to 27 kilograms. The head and beak are relatively small, and the legs are long and strong. The feathers are of a ragged appearance, gray or brown in color, with great individual variation.

Characteristics

Order:
Palaeognathae

Family:
Rheidae

Scientific name:
Rhea americana

Habitat:
Savanna, shrubland, grassland

Origin:
South America

Current trend:
Decrease

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
about 10 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

Common Ostrich

The largest and fastest flightless bird

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest bird, with males reaching a height of 2.1 to 2.75 meters and weighing 100 to 130 kilograms, while females are slightly smaller. They have a long neck and legs, which allows them to run at speeds of up to 70 km/h.

Characteristics

Order:
Palaeognathae

Family:
Struthionidae

Scientific name:
Struthio camelus

Habitat:
Savanna, shrubland, grassland

Origin:
Africa

Current trend:
Decrease

Number of individuals in the world:
Unknown

Lifetime:
40-45 years

*Source iucnredlist.org

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