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Cassowary - photos

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About Cassowary

The cassowary is a large flightless bird native to Australia and neighbouring New Guinea. The Southern Cassowary is the third tallest after the Australian Emu and African Ostrich.

Cassowaries diet consist mainly of fruit, but will also eat fungus, grass seeds and shoots. Being omnivores they are also able to eat small vertebrates.

Cassowaries have sharp knife-like claw on their middle toe and an inate ability to kick using their powerful legs. This makes Cassowaries dangerous to people and other animals. Besides their fighting prowess, they are very talented in other ways. They can run up to 50 km/h (31 mph), jump quite high, and swim in rivers and the sea.

Males are smaller and less brightly coloured than females. Some females can reach up to 2 metres high.


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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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