Cassowary

Cassowary

Check out Australia Zoo’s Cassowary!

Introducing the dinosaur of the bird world, the cassowary! These gorgeous birds can be spotted foraging for forest fruits in their homes right here at Australia Zoo. These epic, prehistoric birds are a must see when visiting the Zoo.

 

Cassowary walking through the water.

 

Cassowaries were once roaming throughout much of northern Queensland. Today, however, they are sadly only found in the wet tropics and Cape York. They inhabit rainforests, melaleuca swamps, mangrove forests and even beaches.

 

Cassowaries are Australia’s heaviest birds! They are flightless and use their long powerful legs to navigate their way through vegetation in search of food. Their black plumage and vibrant purple and blue neck is perfectly designed to blend into their environment.

 

Cassowary stepping out from behind foliage.

 

These true-blue Aussies are a force to be reckoned with! If an intruder threatens their territory, they can deliver a lethal kick. On the back of their powerful legs is an intimidating claw, reaching lengths of up to 12 centimetres. Crikey!

 

Cassowaries are a key-stone species. They play a vital role in maintaining the environment in northern Australia, spreading fruit seeds far and wide.

 

Cassowary up close to camera with face detail.

 

Cassowaries are threatened by habitat destruction! The fragmented populations that remain in northern Australia are sadly endangered. These incredible birds are truly in need of our support.

  • Class of animal icon
    Class

    Aves

  • Genus of animal icon
    Genus

    Casuarius

  • Species of animal icon
    Species

    casuarius

  • height of animal icon
    Height

    Up to 1.8 metres

  • weight of animal icon
    Weight

    Up to 76 kilograms

  • diet of animal icon
    Diet

    Frugivore

  • gestation of animal icon
    Incubation

    60 days

  • threatened species status of animal icon
    Status

    Vulnerable