The birds has an omnivorous diet that typically includes a wide variety of fruits, shoots, seeds, insects and other small animals, and droppings (3) (4) (6). When sufficient food and water are present, it will remain in one area, but when conditions are variable, the emu will cover hundreds of kilometres in search of sustenance (4) (5) (6). Most of the year is spent in small, loose groups that occasionally join together to form large, travelling herds comprising thousands of individuals. However, during the breeding season these groups divide into mating pairs (2) (3) (4). Each mating pair commands a territory of up to 30 square kilometres, which they defend fiercely (4) (6). The nest of the emu is a platform of grass on the ground, into which the female emu lays between five and fifteen eggs, at two to four day intervals (6). Once the eggs have been laid, the female usually wanders off to potentially find another mate, while the male is left to incubate the eggs alone, foregoing food and drink for the duration of the incubation period (3) (4) (6). The chicks hatch after about two months, and within two to seven days are able to leave the nest with the male and feed independently (4). For the next five to seven months, the male emu guards the chicks from potential predators, such as dingoes, foxes, buzzards and other birds of prey (4) (6).