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Bird Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Blake

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Scientific Name: Casuarius casuarius

Common Name: Southern Cassowary

Order: Casuariiformes

Family: Casuariidae

Other Names: Double-wattled Cassowary, Australian Cassowary, Two-wattled Cassowary

Distribution: Northen Australia and New Guinnea

Habitat: Rainforrests and ocasionaly tropical scrub country.

Field Notes: A flightless bird. Females display more colouration than their male counterparts. Adults can grow up to 2 metres tall and weigh 60kg.

Their black feathers are aranged on a wedge shaped body which has evolved to allow quick and unrestricted movement through the bush. Cassowaries have very powerfull legs which allow them to run through the rainforrest at up to 50kmh. A cassowary's three-toed feet have sharp claws, the second being dagger like and a very powerfull weapon when kicked from their powerfull legs. The top of the heads consist of a soft, foam-like crest. They also produce a very low frequency "boom" which they use to commuinicate through the dence forrest landscape.

The average lifespan of wild cassowaries is believed to be about 40 to 50 years.

Image By Blake - July 2011 - Location: Australia Zoo

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