Latin Name: Casuarius Casuarius

Locality: Northern Australia and New Guinea

The Southern Cassowary shares their ratite family name with Emus.  These big birds are found in the tropics of far north Queensland.  Cassowaries eat a selection of fruit, which can be foraged from the rainforest, the waste (or poop) from their diet is important for seed dispersal in the rainforest ecosystem. 

Fact: That strange structure on the Cassowary’s head is called a casque. 

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