Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius
Size: ♂: 1.5-1.8m ( 4.9-5.9 ft)
♀: 1.5-1.8 m (4.9-5.9 ft)
Weight :♂:29-34 kg ( 64-75 lbs)
♀ :58.5 kg (129 lbs)
Habitat: Rain forest Incubation: 47-61 days
Sexual maturity: 2-4 years
Nest: leaf mattress
Breeding: polyandrous Movement:
IUCN: least Vulnerable
Longevity: captive:40 yrs
Often considered the most dangerous bird in the world the Southern Cassowary is a formidable animal when threatened. Stand in nearly six feet tall and armed with a five inch claw on its middle toe the cassowary protects itself with a powerful kick. A flightless bird it makes it home in the rain forests of northern Australia and New Guinea.
The southern cassowary, also known as the doubled-wattled cassowary is the largest of the three species of cassowary. It is a monotypic species with no subspecies. It is a ratite having no keel on their sternum
The population of the species is declining due to habitat loss. It is listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN and is protected by the Australian government.