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Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary
Common Name Double-wattled Cassowary, Australian Cassowary and Two-wattled Cassowary
Range Australia
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Casuariiformes
Family Casuariidae
Genus Casuarius
Species Casuarius Casuarius
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Southern Cassowary is a specie from the Casuarius genus. It lives in Northern Australia.


It is a large, flightless bird. It is mainly black physique, a blue head and neck, a large casque on its head, two large red wattles, and sharp claws on its foot.They have a length of 4-5.5 ft. They have a height of up to 5 ft. They can weigh up to 63-128 lb.


They typically live tranquil lives, usually undisturbed by humans. It is a solitary bird until mating season and egg laying, in which the male Cassowary becomes territorial and can own a territory to up to 2.8 square miles (7 square kilometers), whereas a female has overlapping ranges with various males. Though they are timid creatures, when frightened, they can run up to a speed of 50km/h (31mph), and when cornered, it can use it's razor-edged claws to attack and slash at it's predators.


They reach sexual maturity at 3-4 years. Their birthing interval is probably 1 year. They lay 3-5 eggs.


They can live up to 40-60 years.