ANIMAL FACTS - Ratites
Ratites are found throughout the world and include the Ostrich of Africa, the Rhea of South America, the Kiwi of New Zealand, the Cassowary of Australia and New Guinea, and of course the Emu, another proud Australian.
The Ratite family includes flightless birds with a flat, keelless breastbone (the keel is where the flight muscles connect). Most of their muscle is in their legs and thighs. There are only five species around the world. Cassowary, Emu, Ostrich, Rhea and Kiwi.