Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Casuariidae
        Scientific Name : Casuarius

                      Size(H) : 1.5m - 2m
                                       (59in - 79in)
                Wing Span : 1.5m - 2m
                                       (59in - 79in)
                       Weight : 25kg - 58.5kg
                                        (55lbs - 129lbs)
                 Top Speed : 50km/h (31mph)

                  Life Span : 40 - 60 years
                      Colour : Blue, Yellow, 
                                       Black, Tan
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Sharp claws and 
                                      horn-like crest
  1. Cassowaries are large species of flight-less birds found in Tropical forests of Papua New Guinea.
  2. There are three species of cassowary inhabiting different parts of Papua New Guinea and Australia.
  3. They are very closely related to the Emus and Ostriches.
  4. They are very large birds growing 1.5 to 2m in height with a wingspan of up to 2m and weighing around 100lbs.
  5. Distinctively, they have brightly colored feathers and a spongy, horn-like crest protruding from their head.
  6. Their crests may grow up to 18cm and are used in asserting their sexual dominance and settle disputes.
  7. The female cassowaries are more colorful and larger than the male cassowaries.
  8. Though they can’t fly they are known to be able to run really fast often reaching a top speed of 50kmph.
  9. Cassowary is an omnivorous bird feeding on fruits, leaves, grass, seeds, insects, spiders and other invertebrates.
  10. They have very few natural predators in Dingoes, crocodiles and humans.
  11. Their nests, if near human settlements, are sometimes destroyed and their eggs get eaten by dogs, foxes and cats.
  12. They breed from May to June and the female cassowary lays around 8 large, dark eggs.
  13. The eggs hatch after about 50 days after being incubated by the male cassowary.
  14. All 3 species of Cassowary are vulnerable due to habitat loss and introduction of predators in their native region.

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