Cassowary are OMNIVORES mainly eating fallen fruits, fungi, and even snails, but have also been known to eat small mammals and reptiles too!
Southern Cassowary mainly live in the lowland tropical rainforests of Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea
You may hear these birds before you spot them! Listen out for a deep BOOMING sound – a noise that sounds similar to the rumble of thunder!
They have a tough casque at the top of their head to help them push through thick vegetation
Southern Cassowary have muscular legs and powerful feet that have given them the reputation of being one of the most dangerous birds in the world! They can kick out when threatened and use their dagger-like claws which can sometimes have a deadly result.
Cassowary comes from a Papuan word meaning ‘horned head’ and if you do catch a glimpse of this prehistoric looking bird, you will see they have a helmet-like feature on the top of their head called a casque. They run with their heads down and use the casque to help them charge through thick forests and vegetation.
Their large legs also enable them to run fast which is essential for the females as they need to be pretty speedy in order to chase the males for courtship. The females don’t hang around either – once they’ve laid their eggs they abandon the nest to go on the hunt for a new partner – leaving the male to raise their chicks!
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