The top speed of an emu is about 50 km/h over short distances. It is capable of travelling great distances at a fast trot. It can travel long distances at this speed without tiring. This bird can also jump straight up to an astounding height of nearly 2 meters - it can jump as high as it is tall.
The emu has two long skinny scaly legs. Each foot has three forward-facing toes with large pointed toenails. With this configuration the emu is capable of running through the countryside at speeds up to 50 km/h. At full pace, an emu's stride can be as long as 3 meters. (A human stride is only about 1 meter).