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The Amu, the alpine Emu, is among the biggest bird on Nea. Thanks to their efficient lungs, birds often have less problems with the less oxygen in the atmosphere, especially the flightless species even inhabit the higher altitudes.
Amus are such animals. They thrive in the neanean alps up to an altitude of 1800 m and prefer the slopes near the coast of the Kurnugian sea.
Alone or in small groups they wander through large areas always on the search for good feeding grounds.
At the coast of the Kurnugian sea eastern winds bring fog and sometimes even a bit rain into the mountains and let surprisingly many plants bloom. Their seeds and leaves are what Amus mostly rely on. In addition they feed on invertebrates and carrion when available.

Amus are smaller than Emus from Earth (a comparison can be seen on the picture), they have shorter legs and are overall lighter. Near the head the exposed skin become purple and they have more complex feathery integument at the neck. The plumage is grayish brown and match very well the color of the rocks around them. 

It is controversial if the Amu is really a on species or only a subspecies of the Emu, but indubitably these animals show adaptions for the new habitat they live in. Interestingly they weren't meant to populate the mountains but the narrow coastal plain, but for still not fully understood reasons only the Emus which wandered into the mountains survived more than 3 generations.

p.s. locals often call them dew robbers.

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DeepC's avatar
From this, I'm guessing there'll be Flamingos in Nea?
creatureA9's avatar
but ... it looks like a normal emu...
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Dinosaurlover83's avatar
So... not much change from Emus I guess?
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
Nope, why change something which is already that well adapted.
Dinolover1416's avatar
This Nea project is turning out amazing! Great work here!
GarrettRS's avatar
Dew Robbers, why are they called that?
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
That would be difficult to explain =)
GarrettRS's avatar
Ah, ok. No worries then.
herofan135's avatar
Now this is cool, were these engineered aswell or have they simply shrunk due to natural evolution?
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
These have natural evolved =)
herofan135's avatar
Cool! :) I figured that, since you said they weren't sure if to classify them as a separate species yet or just a subspecies.
bh1324's avatar
So... Did this critters cause any war within Nea as their Earth relatives?

;)
Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
Nope, in difference to terrestrial Emus they don't tend to mass migrate ;)
Midiaou's avatar
I like this guy a lot:)
AzrielMoha's avatar
Yep, my mind just imagining what kind of other flightless birds inhabiting this planet. Nea's inhabitant demand Ostriches as local wildlife.
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Hyrotrioskjan's avatar
=D

I should name a Region on Nea Smallstraya ;)
Leggurm's avatar
I have a feeling Australian animals would be well suited for Nea.
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