Southern Cassowary

Southern Cassowary emerging from the rainforest

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. Uncommon and wary. Attacks on humans have been  recorded, especially during the breeding season, June to October. The elusive Southern Cassowary inhabits the dense rainforests of northern Queensland.

Scientific name: Casuarius casuarius