Northern Cassowary

Facts About Northern Cassowary

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The Cassowary is the second largest bird in the world after the Ostrich. This flightless bird is found in the islands of Papua New Guinea and Northeastern Australia.

There are 3 Cassowary species.

Northern Cassowary is the largest and the most endangered. It has a red or golden yellow neck and one small wattle.

Southern Cassowary is the most common species. It has two long wattles.

Dwarf Cassowary is the smallest species of the three and the most difficult to find.

All cassowaries have a grey casque on their heads bit differ in shape and size.

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The Cassowary is a very shy bird. But if threatened, it can produce very serious injury with its dagger sharp claws or bone breaking kicks.

Male bird can reach height of 150 cm and weight of 37 kg. Whereas female bird can reach height of 180 cm with weight up to 58 kg.

It can run up to 50 km/h and jump to 1.5 m into the air. It is also an excellent swimmer.

The Cassowary is a solitary bird. They pairs only during the breeding season in June - October. The male struts in a circle around the female and calls to her in low frequency booms. The female lays 3 - 6 eggs measuring 138 mm x 95 mm. The eggs have a granulated surface and are pea green in colour. The eggs will hatch after 60 days.

After laying eggs, the female Cassowary will leave the nest. The male bird will incubate eggs and take care of his own young.

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