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Do emus yawn?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by emududecalvin, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. emududecalvin

    emududecalvin In the Brooder

    Dec 15, 2012
    My very first emu ever hatched three days ago, and when he decides to go to sleep, he will lay down and open his beak really big for a few seconds. Is he yawning?

    Also, when I leave him, he begins to peep really loudly like he is mad that I left. Is he sad or mad when I leave? Is that even posible?

  2. Raptor65

    Raptor65 Chirping

    Jan 15, 2012
    Yeah, Emus do yawn. And the peeping is a "Where did you go? How DARE you leave me!", they want to be with you literally all the time for the first few months. I had a little fuzzball sleeping with me at night for awhile just so I could get some sleep myself. [​IMG]

    Can still hear it. "Peep peep, PEEP PEEP, PEE PEEP, PEEEEP!"
  3. X2

    I STILL hear the peeping.. and the "baby distress cry"
    Mainly because my African Grey parrot heard the emu calls ONE time and has mimicked it perfectly ever since...

    He was doing the baby peeping again this morning.. then did the whistle we did back at the babies... I think most days he likes to see if he can drive me nuts.. lol
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2012
  4. Yes, emududecalvin, emus yawn. Cracks me up every time.

    And, unusually, I half disagree with Raptor. I think: Yes, the cry means, 'Where did you go?' but I don't agree with the How Dare You Leave Me? notion. I think it's pure fear, and a tactic that allows the parent male to find a lost chick. The cry of a lost wild chick is plaintive, unceasing, and audible for at least two hundred yards.

    Supreme Emu
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2013
  5. Calla

    Calla Chirping

    Nov 6, 2012
    England UK
    Yes Emududecalvin mine do also yawn...specially the adults, and sometimes rather noisy, then put head down neck stretched out....then I say ......nite.... nite

  6. Raptor65

    Raptor65 Chirping

    Jan 15, 2012
    It was something of a joke, I used to keep Gerry in my computer room (It's a fairly high end computer so it keeps the room comfortably warm even in the winter) so he'd be with me while I was working on this and that and even in his cage no more than 5 feet from me he'd start peeping till I put him in my lap.
  7. Morning, Raptor!

    Foolish me missed the joke. I apologise.

    It’s odd that this post should turn up at this second. I’ve just decided that a glossary of calls would be just too hard to construct, at least at this second; but just in recent days, I’ve been listening to the exchanges, and the ones uttered in fear escalate heartrendingly fast from ‘Dad? You there?’ to pure fear.

    I apologise again.


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