Southern Cassowary

Southern Cassowary emerging from the rainforestWhat does it look and sound like? The prominent greyish casque and red wattle hanging from the neck, make the Southern Cassowary easily identifiable. The feathers of the body are black and hair-like, becoming more rufous toward the tail. The bare skin of the head and fore-neck is blue, while the hind-neck is red. The female is generally taller than the male and has a taller casque. Calls consist of a variety of guttural rumblings and grunts.

Where does it live? Within Australia it is confined to northern Queensland. Also found in New Guinea.

What are its habitats and habits? The elusive Southern Cassowary inhabits the dense rainforests, where it is uncommon and wary. Attacks on humans have been  recorded, especially during the breeding season, June to October. 

Scientific name: Casuarius casuarius

Size: 1.5 to 2 metres (tall)

Do you want to know where to go to see this species? Check out our latest book “Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots” – available for purchase at major retailers or directly from our online store