how many flightless birds are there in australia

List of Australian Flightless and Ground Birds

• Adelie Penguin [V]

• Chinstrap Penguin [V]

• Emperor Penguin [V]

• Erect-crested Penguin [V]

• Fiordland Penguin [V]

• King Penguin [V]

• Little [Fairy] Penguin

• Macaroni Penguin [V]

• Rockhopper Penguin [V]

• Royal Penguin [V]

Stamps in this issue $1 – Emu (

The Emu is the second tallest bird in the world, after the Ostrich, and is common throughout much of inland Australia. It can grow to a height of two meters. The male Emu incubates the female’s clutch of eight to ten dark-green eggs; he does not consume any food or liquids during the eight weeks until the eggs hatch. Additionally, for eighteen months until they are able to fend for themselves, he tends to and shields the brown-black and striped grey chicks. $1 – Southern Cassowary (.

The Southern Cassowary is the only species of cassowary found in Australia. It is identified by its bright blue face and neck, long red wattles hanging down its throat, and tall brown helmet, or casque, that resembles horns. Found in tropical far north Queensland, the Southern Cassowary is heavier than the Emu and slightly shorter than the former, with females weighing up to 76 kg. The male incubates the blue-green eggs, which typically number three to five, just like the emu. The male also tends to the striped dark brown and white chicks. $2. 30 – Little Penguin (.

The Little Penguin, also known as the Fairy Penguin, is found along the southern Australian coast. Its height is approximately 33 centimeters. The Little Penguin returns to its rocky burrows near the beach shortly after dusk, having spent most of its time foraging at sea. The mother deposits two white eggs, which are then nurtured by both parents, who also co-parent the young.

  • / Flightless Birds Emu stamp
  • / Flightless Birds Southern Cassowary stamp
  • / Flightless Birds Little Penguin stamp

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All three of the stamps from the Flightless Birds stamp issue are included in this set.

All three stamps from the stamp issue are included in the Flightless Birds stamp pack, which is presented in an excellent folder.

This sheetlet contains 5 x $2. 30 Little Penguin international self-adhesive stamps from the Flightless Birds stamp collection

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  • Gutter strip 10 x $1 Emu stamps
  • Gutter strip 10 x $1 Southern Cassowary stamps
  • Gutter strip 10 x $2.30 Little Penguin international stamps
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  • Emu postcard
  • Southern Cassowary postcard
  • Little Penguin postcard


What Australian bird can’t fly?

Flightless feathered family. The cassowary is a large, flightless bird most closely related to the emu. Although the emu is taller, the cassowary is the heaviest bird in Australia and the second heaviest in the world after its cousin, the ostrich.

What country has the most flightless birds?

Kiwi are flightless. New Zealand is home to more species of flightless birds – both living and extinct – than any other country in the world, including kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, penguins, weka, moa, three flightless wrens, and two adzebills.

How many flightless birds are there?

There are over 60 extant species, including the well-known ratites (ostriches, emus, cassowaries, rheas, and kiwis) and penguins. The smallest flightless bird is the Inaccessible Island rail (length 12.5 cm, weight 34.7 g).

Is a flightless bird originally found in Australia?

Emus are large, flightless birds resembling and related to ostriches. They are native to Australia.