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Cassowaries are large flightless birds that are native to New Guinea.

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Where is a cassowary located?

Cassowarys are large, flightless birds that live in New Guinea.

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Is the cassowary endangered?

The southern cassowary of Australia is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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Can the cassowary fly?

Despite having wings (as all birds do), cassowaries cannot fly. Cassowaries are large, heavy, flightless birds. They are related to a group of birds called ratites. Other ratites include the emu of Australia, the kiwi from New Zealand, the ostrich from Africa and the rhea from South America.

Ratites have wings but the bones in their chests do not have the capacity for flight muscles, which is what a bird needs to fly. The cassowary weighs between 50 and 60 kg on average, and its wings are too small by comparison to lift it.

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How does the cassowary get its food?

The cassowary lives in forests where the food grows very high up on the trees. The cassowary is a flightless bird, so it must eat the fallen fruit.

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What is a cassowary's special feature?

The cassowary's most definable feature is probably its helmet. Properly called a casque, the helmet is a bony plate which sits vertically on the bird's head.

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What is an interesting fact about cassowaries?

There are many interesting facts about cassowaries.

There are three species of cassowary: the Southern cassowary in Australia, and the Northern cassowary and Dwarf cassowary (Bennett's cassowary) only found on the island of New Guinea.

Cassowaries live in tropical rain forest as well as bushland and swampy lowlands, and feed mainly on fruits and fungi. Many tropical rain forest trees rely on the cassowary for the dispersal and even germination of their seeds. The seeds pass through the cassowary's digestive system and are excreted into a pile of the cassowary's own dung, meaning the seeds have their own ready-made pile of fertiliser. Therefore, if the cassowary were to become extinct, some trees would also become extinct.

Cassowaries have a casque (helmet) on the top of their head. It is not actually known what the cassowary's helmet is used for, but there are several theories. One theory is that the helmet is used to help the cassowary force its way through the thick undergrowth and vine forests in which it lives. The most likely theory is that, because the helmet continues to grow throughout the cassowary's life, it could be a sign of dominance. Recent scientific research has suggested the helmet may even assist cassowaries in detecting the low vibrating sound made by other cassowaries.

The cassowary female lays eggs in a nest prepared by the male then mates with him and moves on to another male. Like its cousin, the emu, the male raises the young, which incidentally are not all his, until they reach maturity.

The cassowary is endangered in Australia, mainly because of habitat degradation, but also because of feral pigs eating their eggs and trampling their nests, and wild and domestic dogs killing their chicks.

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Does a cassowary have wings?

No. But like the ostrich, they can run really fast. Usually at speeds of 31 miles per hour.

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What is the cassowary's habitat?

Cassowaries' preferred habitat is rainforest and other dense bushland where they can easily hide, from low-lying swampland forests to high, mountainous forests. they are found in tropical northern Australia and on the island of New Guinea.

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How fast is the Cassowary?

Cassowaries are fast runners, attaining speeds up to 30 miles (48 km) per hr.

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Does A Cassowary Eat Idiot Fruit?

no cassowary does not eat idiot fruit

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What color are cassowaries?

The cassowary is mostly black, with a pale blue head, becoming brighter blue further down on its neck. It has two long, crimson wattles which hang from the front of its neck, and an orange patch on the back of its neck.

When the chicks first hatch, they are striped yellowish brown with long black stripes. They remain this colour up until about three months old.

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Where do Cassowaries live?

The Southern cassowary lives in the rainforests of coastal northern Queensland, Australia, as well as in tropical rainforests of Papua New Guinea, and the Aru and Seram Islands. It is found in Cape York, in the vine forests of Lockerbie and McHenry Uplands, the vine forests of the McIlwraith and Iron Ranges, and in the Wet Tropics, from Big Tableland, south of Cooktown to Paluma, north of Townsville.

The Northern cassowary, or Golden-neck Cassowary, is found in the tropical rainforests of Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya on the island of New Guinea.

Cassowaries' preferred habitat is rainforest and other dense bushland where they can easily hide, from low-lying swampland forests to high, mountainous forests.

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How does the cassowary adapt to its environment?

The cassowary has adapted to its environment because it has a sharp beak and sharp claws so it can dig in the ground to find the berries it feeds on. And because its large, it therefore doesn't need to be camouflaged against predators, it can also defend itself with its sharp beak, claws and helmet.

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What is the difference between an emu and a cassowary?

Although emus and cassowaries are both flightless birds found in Australia, there are several differences between the two:

  • The emu is Australia's tallest bird, averaging 1.6 to 2 metres in height. The Southern Cassowary averages 1.5 to 2 metres.
  • The Southern Cassowary is heavier than the emu. Emus range between 30 and 45kg in weight, whilst the Southern Cassowary averages 38 - 48kg.
  • Cassowaries have a helmet, known as a casque, the purpose of which is not fully understood. Emus have no such bony helmet.
  • Cassowaries have a wattle which hangs down from their throat. Emus do not have wattles.
  • Emus are native to Australia alone. Cassowaries are found in both Australia and on the island of New Guinea.
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What layer of the rainforest does the cassowary live in?

Cassowaries live on the rainforest floor. They are flightless; neither do they climb.

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What is a wattle on a cassowary?

The wattle on the cassowary are two pieces of skin which hang from their necks

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Where do emus and cassowaries live?

Emus and cassowaries both live in Australia, while the cassowary is also found on the island of New Guinea.

Emus can be found in a wide range of habitats across the Australian mainland, but not in Tasmania. They are even found on the outskirts of urbanised areas and in country towns. They range from undeveloped coastal areas to the sub-Alpine regions; from the edge of wetlands to agricultural areas. They are most common in New South Wales, in open scrubland and grasslands.

The Southern cassowary lives in the rainforests of coastal northern Queensland, Australia, as well as in tropical rainforests of Papua New Guinea, and the Aru and Seram Islands. It is found in Cape York, in the vine forests of Lockerbie and McHenry Uplands, the vine forests of the McIlwraith and Iron Ranges, and in the Wet Tropics, from Big Tableland, south of Cooktown to Paluma, north of Townsville. The Northern cassowary, also known as the Golden-neck Cassowary, is found in the tropical rainforests of the island of New Guinea.

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How does a cassowary get around?

it walks

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How big are a cassowary's eggs?

A cassowary's egg measures about 139mm x 93 mm (5.4 inches x 3.6 inches).

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What is the food chain for cassowaries?

Cassowaries are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They eat reptiles, dead mammals, and sometimes even birds!

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What is the feature of cassowary?

Arguably, the most distinctive feature of the cassowary is its casque. The casque is a wedge-shaped helmet-like protrusion on the cassowary's head. Scientists have not determined what the cassowary's helmet is used for, but there are several theories. It has long been thought that the helmeWAIS used to protect the bird's head as it moves through the thick undergrowth of the rainforest and bushland in which it lives. However, the most likely theory is that, because the helmet continues to grow throughout the cassowary's life, it could be a sign of dominance. Recent scientific research has suggested the helmet may even assist cassowaries in detecting the low vibrating sound made by other cassowaries.

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Is a cassowary nocturnal or diurnal?

Cassowaries are diurnal, not nocturnal, meaning they are active during the daytime.

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What is the classification of the southern cassowary?

The classification of the cassowary is:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Struthioniformes

Family: Casuariidae

Genera: Casuarius

The species of the Southern cassowary is Casuarius casuarius.

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What fruit do cassowary eat?

Cassowaries eat fruit!!

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When did the cassowary's become endangered?

It became endangered in 16 July 2000.

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