Southern New Guinea, Northeastern Australia, and the Aru Islands, mainly in lowlands
Humid rainforests, Palm scrub, grassland, savanna, and swamp forest
Cassowaries are predominantly frugivorous. Besides fruits, their diet includes flowers, fungi, snails, insects, frogs, birds, fish, rats, mice, and carrion.
Extinct in the Wild
An expectant father never leaves the nest with an unhatched egg, not even to eat or drink. He even enters a strange state where he doesnt even need to go to the bathroom until the eggs hatch. Once they do, dad spends the next nine months raising and defending his chicks.
Cassowaries are shy and reclusive animals, but once they are threatened and cornered, they become aggressive. Wildlife biologists consider them as the world’s most dangerous bird. When threatened, they strike back with powerful head-butts and pecks; they even have a powerful claw in their inner toe which can slice open a human belly or throat.
Cassowaries are part of the flightless and mostly long-legged ratite family. This means that they are the cousins of emus, rheas, ostriches, and kiwis. They are also cousins of the extinct moas and elephant birds.