CSouthern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Interesting :

It is short legs and strong. Feathers covering the body are similar to hair but unlike typical feathers which help protect a thorn of bush. Besides it is a tailless bird, hairless on its head and neck, and has very small wings and apparent and prominent bone on its head. It has red, blue, purple and yellow skin, and legs with three toes, different from an ostrich that has two toes. Both sexes have the same characteristics with the black feathers covering the body, but the female is a little bit larger than the male.

Habitat :

Can be found only in Australian continent and islands surrounding AustraliaMost.

Food :

of Cassowary’s food is fig, fruit but it may eat the plant, insect, and small animal.

Behavior :

Is a shy bird and very careful. It normally stays alone but it will be paired in the breeding season. It will seek for its food in late evening or early in the morning but it always has a bad temper and loves fighting. When it fights, it will lift its legs and hit the enemy, causing the enemy an injury from its nails.It can run very fast up to 45 kilometers per hour and can swim.

Current Status :



CLASS : Aves

ORDER : Struthioniformes

FAMILY : Casuariidae

GENUS : Casuarius

SPECIES : Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Conservation status : Least Concern

Reproductive :

In the breeding season, Cassowary will build the nest on the ground, digging a shallow hole and covering with leaves. It lays 3 to 6 eggs each clutch and eggs has dark green color. The male will incubate the eggs which will take approximately 49 to 56 days. The chick has a long-stripe body and the parent of the chick will help each other raising the chick.

Size and weight :

Is a large flightless bird with the height of approximately 100 centimeters, the weight of approximately 85 kilograms.

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Update : 11 April 2017