Double-wattled Cassowary

Double-wattled Cassowary

Double-wattled Cassowary
Casuarius casuarius


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Casuariformes
FAMILY
Casuaridae

Range

Australia


Habitat

Rainforests


Diet

Fruits, seeds, insects, small vertebrates, fungi

Weight

Up to 128 lbs.

Size

Up to 6 ft.

Incubation

About 50 days

Clutch

3 - 5 eggs

IUCN Status

Vulnerable

Facts

  • The cassowary belongs to a family of flightless birds called ratite, which includes the emu, rhea, kiwi, and ostrich.
  • The double wattled cassowary is an important seed disperser of over 100 different rainforest plants.
  • The cassowary has degenerative wings and cannot fly. Its flight feathers are reduced to coarse spines used to protect its flanks as it travels.
  • Males incubate the eggs and raise the chicks after hatching.
  • Cassowaries can sprint 30 mph and can jump five feet in the air.
  • The double-wattled cassowary is the second heaviest bird in the world. Only the ostrich is heavier.

 

Conservation

Vulnerable due to hunting, trade, and habitat loss and fragmentation.

Vulnerable
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