The cassowary


The cassowary




The cassowary (genus Casuarius) is a very large flightless bird native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and northeastern Australia.
The Southern Cassowary is the third tallest and second 
heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.
Cassowaries feed mainly on fruits, though all species are
 truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food 
including shoots, grass seeds, and fungi in addition to 
invertebrates and  small vertebrates.

Cassowaries are very shy, but when disturbed, they are 
capable of inflicting serious injuries to dogs and people.


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