Australian Animals

Student Name Yasameen SALEH

Common Name: southern cassowary

Biological name: casuarius casuarius

Description: The casuaius casuarius is a big animal and has many colours black, orange, blue and it also has small eyes and a big beak.

 

Habitat: The dense rainforest cassowary’s secretive nature makes them difficult to see.

 

Location: Northern Queensland through New Guinea and Eastern Indonesia.

 

Diet: Cassowaries prefer fallen fruit, but will eat small vertebrates, invertebrates, fungi, carrion and plants.

 

Conservation Status: The southern cassowary is listed as 'Endangered' under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

 

Interesting Facts:The cassowary has also been named the most dangerous bird in the world. Their heavy, muscular legs have three toes bearing a large dagger-like claw used for fighting and scratching.