Rainforest, swamp forest, mountain forest.
Vegetation, fruit, berries, insects, spiders and small vertebrates.
The cassowary is an impressive bird with powerful legs which are armed with sharp-toed feet capable of inflicting severe wounds. It is a rapid runner and good swimmer. Shy and semi-nocturnal, they are seldom seen in the wild, but are known to be extremely aggressive towards man.
The female lays between 3 - 5 eggs in a shallow nest in the ground. The male incubates the eggs for 49 - 52 days and cares for the chicks.
Non-native animals introduced by man, habitat destruction.
The cassowary has world-wide legal protection. Paignton Zoo is involved in a conservation breeding programme.
- Latin Name: Casuarius casuarius
- Class: Birds
- Order: Casuariiformes
- Family: Casuariidae
- Conservation status: Vulnerable
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