Australian Animal Facts - The Cassowary

Australian Animal Facts - The Cassowary
  • The Southern Cassowary is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the Ostrich and Emu.
  • The name cassowary comes from two Papuan words, ‘kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head, referring to the prominent casque on its head.
  • An adult cassowary can stand up to 1.8 metres (6’) tall.
  • Cassowaries are solitary birds except during courtship, egg-laying, and sometimes around ample food supplies.
  • The male cassowary is solely responsible for incubating the eggs and raising the young. They sit on the nest for 50 days until the eggs hatch.
  • The father teaches the chicks how to forage and by nine months they become independent.
  • There are only about 1500 cassowaries left in the wild.
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