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Southern Cassowary

Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius

All about that bass: southern cassowaries produce extremely low-pitched vocalizations.

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ORIGIN:
New Guinea and Northern Australia

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HABITAT:
Lowland rainforests and swamps

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
60-130 lbs
Height: 3-5 ft

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DIET:
Fruits, small mammals and insects

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PREDATORS:
Unknown

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Long, sharp claws and powerful legs

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REPRODUCTION:
1-2-month gestation; sexually mature at 3 yrs

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THREATS:
Habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
20-40 yrs in human care

What is the purpose of the large helmet, or casque, on the top of the cassowary’s head?
To make people laugh
To keep them cool
To ward off predators
Just for looks

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