Fruits, seeds, insects, small vertebrates, fungi
Up to 128 lbs.
Up to 6 ft.
About 50 days
3 - 5 eggs
- 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.
Vulnerable due to hunting, trade, and habitat loss and fragmentation.
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301