The Cassowary is a large, flightless bird native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and parts of northeastern Australia. Here’s a description of the Cassowary along with the countries where they are found:

Description: Cassowaries are known for their striking appearance and distinct features. They have a tall, helmet-like casque on their heads, which is used for protection and possibly as a resonating chamber for vocalizations. Their bodies are covered in coarse, black feathers, and they have bright blue skin on their heads and necks, which contrasts sharply with their dark plumage. They also have vivid red or orange wattles (skin flaps) hanging from their necks.

Cassowaries have powerful legs with long, dagger-like claws on their inner toes, which can be used as formidable weapons for defense. They are excellent runners and can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph) when startled or pursued. Despite their large size, cassowaries are agile and can navigate dense forest undergrowth with ease.

Countries where they are found:

  1. New Guinea: Cassowaries are native to the island of New Guinea, where they inhabit lowland rainforests, swamps, and grasslands. They are found in both Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.
  2. Australia: Cassowaries are also found in northeastern Australia, primarily in the tropical rainforests of Queensland. They inhabit dense vegetation along the coast and in the Atherton Tablelands region. The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) is the only species of cassowary found in Australia.

Cassowaries play an important ecological role as seed dispersers in their native habitats, and they are culturally significant to indigenous communities in the regions where they are found. However, they are listed as endangered or vulnerable due to habitat loss, hunting, and road accidents.

Cassowary in Zoos

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