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Cushion Cover - Emu
Grimm-Hewitt Art Gallery

Cushion Cover - Emu

Regular price $40.00

Cushion Covers are 40x40cm. Australian Made from 100% spun polyester. Machine Washable. Concealed Zipper. Double sided sublimated print.

The Emu is Australia’s tallest native bird, reaching between 1.6m and 1.9m Adult Emus are covered with shaggy grey-brown feathers except for the neck and head, which are largely naked and bluish-black. The wings are greatly reduced, but the legs are long and powerful. Each foot has three forward-facing toes and no hind toe. Emus eat fruits, seeds, growing shoots of plants, insects, other small animals, and animal droppings. Nesting takes place in winter. The male and female remain together for about five months, which includes courtship, nest building and egg-laying. The nest consists of a platform of grass on the ground. The large eggs (13 x 9cm) are laid at intervals of two to four days. These are dark bluish-green when fresh, becoming lighter with exposure to the sun. The male incubates the eggs without drinking, feeding, defecating or leaving the nest. During this time, eggs often roll out of the nest and are pulled back in by the male. Newly hatched chicks are cream-coloured with dark brown stripes. They leave the nest when they are able to feed themselves. Young birds stay close together and remain with the father for four months. They finally leave at about six months. During this period, the stripes fade and the downy plumage is replaced by dull brown feathers. Emus are nearly fully grown at one year, and may breed at 20 months. An emu’s life expectancy is 10-20 years and 35 years in captivity. Although there is an emu named Pepe who lives on a property in Eastern Victoria that is aged at 58 years in July 2020

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