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Emu or Ostrich

JopeJope Registered User
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
How do you tell?

My mother insists that this is an ostrich, but I'm relatively certain it's an emu. The picture comes up on google images when searching both "emu" and "ostrich", so I'm at a loss here.
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  • ohsillyputtyohsillyputty Registered User
    edited May 2010
    i am pretty sure it's an ostrich. i looked at national geographic website

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    That sir is an emu.

    Good day.

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I did a google imagesearch for emu and was shocked at the first result
    it's the OP image

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    It's an emu, Ostritches don't have feather density like that on their head.

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  • DirtyDirtyVagrantDirtyDirtyVagrant Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    MrDelish wrote: »
    I did a google imagesearch for emu and was shocked at the first result
    it's the OP image

    It's also the third result for "ostrich."

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  • JopeJope Registered User
    edited May 2010
    MrDelish wrote: »
    I did a google imagesearch for emu and was shocked at the first result
    it's the OP image

    I'm hoping you'll look back at my OP and then feel kinda dumb

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Really hard to tell without seeing the body.
    Looking at wikipedia:
    Emu Head
    Ostrich head

    I'd guess it's an Ostrich with the top of the head looking flatter then an Emu. But I'm no ornithologist (IANAO?), so it's just a guess on my part.

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  • TopiaTopia Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I'm fairly certain it's an Emu due to the dark colored beak. I'm quite positive that ostrich's have lighter colored beaks. I think you can further tell that male and female ostriches, (while males have a black body) both have light colored hair on the neck, face, and head.

    I think.

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf there was a silence you took to mean somethingRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    see317 wrote: »
    Really hard to tell without seeing the body.
    Looking at wikipedia:
    Emu Head
    Ostrich head

    I'd guess it's an Ostrich with the top of the head looking flatter then an Emu. But I'm no ornithologist (IANAO?), so it's just a guess on my part.

    Even if you go by those two pictures, almost everything matches up between the emu and the OP image - eye colour, eye placement, beak and nostril shape/position, colouration, amount of feathers...

    Of course, being Australian, I took one look at the OP image and saw an emu.

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  • MrDelishMrDelish Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Jope wrote: »
    MrDelish wrote: »
    I did a google imagesearch for emu and was shocked at the first result
    it's the OP image

    I'm hoping you'll look back at my OP and then feel kinda dumb

    yeah, but

    it's the first result for emu and third for ostrich

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  • FiggyFiggy Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    It's hard to tell.

    Ostrich
    blue-eyed-ostrich_12606_600x450.jpg
    ostriches-colombia_12605_600x450.jpg

    Emu
    emu-smiling_12607_600x450.jpg
    emu.jpg

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  • simonwolfsimonwolf there was a silence you took to mean somethingRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Figgy wrote: »
    Emu
    emu-smiling_12607_600x450.jpg

    Looking at the wikisource images for emus, I would lay excellent money down on that not being an emu.

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  • BloodySlothBloodySloth Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Totally an emu. The beak shapes of both animals are distinctive, even if the coloration is thrown out the window.

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  • FiggyFiggy Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    simonwolf wrote: »
    Figgy wrote: »
    Emu
    emu-smiling_12607_600x450.jpg

    Looking at the wikisource images for emus, I would lay excellent money down on that not being an emu.

    It's from the National Geographic website, and the photo caption says it's a closeup of an Emu's head.

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  • BloodySlothBloodySloth Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Figgy wrote: »
    simonwolf wrote: »
    Figgy wrote: »
    Emu
    emu-smiling_12607_600x450.jpg

    Looking at the wikisource images for emus, I would lay excellent money down on that not being an emu.

    It's from the National Geographic website, and the photo caption says it's a closeup of an Emu's head.

    It also says the shot was taken from My Shot, which is all user submitted captions and photos.

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  • FightTestFightTest Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Well, you can't trust a filthy fucking ostrich and I feel like I can trust the OP pic, so I'm going to say it's almost certainly an emu.

    Also emus seem to have a more sloped upper beak whereas ostriches tend to have flatter, sketchier, shiftier beaks. OP pic looks pretty sleak and trustworthy.

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Figgy wrote: »
    simonwolf wrote: »
    Figgy wrote: »
    Emu
    emu-smiling_12607_600x450.jpg

    Looking at the wikisource images for emus, I would lay excellent money down on that not being an emu.

    It's from the National Geographic website, and the photo caption says it's a closeup of an Emu's head.

    It also says the shot was taken from My Shot, which is all user submitted captions and photos.

    that's an emu, i'd just suggest it's a juvenile one

    op is an emu also

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  • FightTestFightTest Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    This guy has a site called BIRDville.

    Thread over.

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  • AdusAdus Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Emus! Fuck yeah!

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    did you know emu chicks are extremely cute

    also it's not pronounced ee-moo. it's eem-yew

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited May 2010
    I hope this thread is helping you because I think I'm more confused than before I read it.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Totally an emu. The beak shapes of both animals are distinctive, even if the coloration is thrown out the window.

    It's an emu. Look at the crest along the ridge of the beak. Emu's have that crest, while ostriches have a flatter beak.

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  • BoredomBoredom Registered User
    edited May 2010
    The vast majority of hits on a reverse image search would suggest that it's an emu.

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  • MalkorMalkor Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Worst evolutionary distinction evar.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    It's very clearly an emu.

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  • DiscoZombieDiscoZombie Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Turn the thread into a vote and let's solve this democratically!

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  • RynaRyna Registered User
    edited May 2010
    You're all wrong, its Ryan Stiles

    220px-RyanStilesNov08.jpg

    Actually no, I think its an Emu

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  • DeadfallDeadfall Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    This is the greatest thread in the history of threads.

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  • DHS OdiumDHS Odium Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Can Emus and Ostriches cross-breed? Maybe it's both.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    An Emtrich? Maybe an Ostru?

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Speaking of large Australian birds, I had no clue that this thing called a cassowary existed until I visited Australia and saw signs warning not to approach them because they'll kill you just for fun.

    They are basically living velociraptors.

    Cassowary_head.jpg

    cassowary-attack-2.jpg

    Also, the OP image looks a lot like an emu to me.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Speaking of large Australian birds, I had no clue that this thing called a cassowary existed until I visited Australia and saw signs warning not to approach them because they'll kill you just for fun.

    They are basically living velociraptors.


    Also, the OP image looks a lot like an emu to me.

    Birds evolved from dinosaurs (theropods) so, that would make sense.
    That's why I don't really trust birds.

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  • CrossBusterCrossBuster Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Yeah, I know birds evolved from dinosaurs.

    But the cassowary probably came about when the velociraptors were like "you know, I don't think I like where this whole evolution thing is headed. Being a velociraptor is pretty sweet, so let's just go ahead and stop"

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    bsjezz wrote: »
    did you know emu chicks are extremely cute

    also it's not pronounced ee-moo. it's eem-yew

    damnit, now I want some baby emus.

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  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2010
    bsjezz wrote: »
    did you know emu chicks are extremely cute

    also it's not pronounced ee-moo. it's eem-yew

    Although if you go to the Australian West Coast, it's closer to "aimew."

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  • Evil GummyEvil Gummy Registered User
    edited May 2010
    Speaking of large Australian birds, I had no clue that this thing called a cassowary existed until I visited Australia and saw signs warning not to approach them because they'll kill you just for fun.

    They are basically living velociraptors.



    The best defense is to keep something in front of you, or go behind a tree, and step back slowly, or raise your arms to look taller.

    Raise your arms and expose your soft midsection is more like it. This defense article was clearly written BY cassowaries to make us vulnerable!

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  • RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    It's an Emu. I grew up down the road from a farmer who had Rheas, Emus, and Ostriches. You can tell by the beak shape, eye position, and somewhat by the nostrils as well.

    And also if you had a better view by the size of the bird, obviously.

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  • BloodySlothBloodySloth Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Yeah, I know birds evolved from dinosaurs.

    But the cassowary probably came about when the velociraptors were like "you know, I don't think I like where this whole evolution thing is headed. Being a velociraptor is pretty sweet, so let's just go ahead and stop"

    Particularly if you get a look at their brutal toe claw designed to murder humans
    world_tour_2008.1207114560.cassowary-claw.jpg

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  • GungHoGungHo Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    bsjezz wrote: »
    did you know emu chicks are extremely cute

    also it's not pronounced ee-moo. it's eem-yew

    I pronounce it as "lunch".
    Speaking of large Australian birds, I had no clue that this thing called a cassowary existed until I visited Australia and saw signs warning not to approach them because they'll kill you just for fun.
    Everything in Australia is designed to kill anything else on the planet within 10 seconds. It's just the rule down there.

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  • WildEEPWildEEP Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I lived in Australia for 3 years, and I was once attacked by those things.
    Its an Emu.

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