When you realize that emus are the second-largest bird alive, next to the ostrich, you may have second thoughts if they can fly.
EMUS CANNOT FLY.
Like other living ratites, emus are not anatomically primed for flight. Emus can run, walk, and swim just like other birds.
The wings of an emu can help in cooling the emu. When hot, emus stretch their wings out to allow air circulation around their body. Emus may also use their wings for courtship displays.
Emus are the only bird with calf muscles. This fact may be one of the reasons they are pretty fast.
It is believed that ancestral emus may have been capable of flight. But the ability to fly gradually faded from them over time, leaving modern emus flightless.
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