Southern cassowary

Southern cassowary

The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) is distributed in tropical rain forests of Indonesia, New Guinea and northeastern Australia, and it prefers elevations below 1,100 m (3,600 ft) in Australia, and 500 m (1,600 ft) on New Guinea. In general, the bird ranges from 127 to 170 cm (50-67 in) and weighs around 36 to 50 kg (males) and 68 kg (females). The maximum size recorded was 190 cm (75 in) tall and 83 kg (183 lb) weight.

Southern cassowary is the largest extant Asian bird (since the extinction of the Arabian ostrich, and previously the moa of New Zealand) and the largest extant Australian bird (though the emu may be slightly taller).

Photo: a southern cassowary at the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Douglas, Australia (wikipedia).

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