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9×12 Graphite on bristol. Original available.

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The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is also the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. There are three extant subspecies of Emus in Australia. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.

The soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds reach up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) in height. They have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time. Their long legs allow them to take strides of up to 275 centimetres (9.02 ft) They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel long distances to find food; they feed on a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go weeks without food. They also ingest stones, glass shards and bits of metal that help squash food in the digestive system. They drink infrequently, often once every day or two, and ingest copious fluids when the opportunity arises. Emus will sit in water and are also able to swim. They are curious and nosy animals who are known to follow and watch other animals and humans. Emus do not sleep continuously at night but in several short stints sitting down (info from Wikipedia).

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    1 image per day / March 17, 2011 / Limit 20

  • Lynn Hughes
    Lynn Hughesover 3 years ago

    lovely graphite work

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    Great job! Love how you have done the feathers at the bottom.

  • Jan Szymczuk
    Jan Szymczukover 3 years ago

    Very nice work, but by heavens! She isn’t going to win any pageants too soon!

  • But she’s a beauty in someone’s eyes.. and thanks!!

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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your lovely feature amazing work.

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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Beautiful drawing!

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