Cassowary

Australian or Double-wattled Cassowary
Casuarius casuarius

Single-wattled or Northern Cassowary
Casuarius unappendiculatus

Dwarf or Bennett's Cassowary
Casuarius bennetti

A Single-wattled Cassowary looking at you!
Photo ©Tom Naegele

Cassowaries are large flightless birds from Australia and islands to the north, standing 1.2 to 1.5 meters in height. They live mainly on fruit. Unlike the other ratites, to my knowledge Cassowaries are not ever farm-raised.

Double-wattled Cassowaries are from southern New Guinea, northeastern Australia, and the Aru Islands. Single-wattled Cassowaries are found in northern & western New Guinea, and Yapen, inhabiting mostly the lowlands. Dwarf Cassowaries are from New Guinea, New Britain, and Yapen and prefer a highland habitat.

The Australian Cassowary is black with a hornlike helmet. Its facial skin is pale blue, the neck darker blue and purple and the wattles crimson red. Females are larger than males and the skin of their necks and wattles is brighter. The voice is a gutteral cough and they frequently emit shrill whistles at night. These Cassowaries lay 3-5 large, granulated, pale green eggs in a nest on the ground, often at the base of a tree. The male incubates the eggs.


Cassowary Links:

Cassowary Husbandry


An Australian Cassowary just sittin' around
Photo courtesy of Adrian lindcoln Wong

A Single-wattled Cassowary from behind
Photo ©Tom Naegele

More Australian Cassowaries
Photos courtesy of Colt Handorf


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