Northern cassowary
The Northern cassowary (casuarius unappendiculatus) is a large, flightless bird native to New Guinea. Its the second largest member of the Cassowary family.

Description Edit

The Northern cassowary is a black coloured bird with blue facial skin and a red or yellow wattle. Its feet are huge and strong with 3 toes with dagger like claw on its inner toe.The average weight for males is 30-37 kg (66-82 lb) and the average weight for females is 58 kg (128 lb). The bird measures 149 cm (4.89 ft) long and stands 1.5-1.8 m (4.9-5.9 ft) in height. The length of its bill is 12-13.7 cm (4.7-5.4 in).

Distribution Edit

Northern cassowary distribution
The Northern cassowary is distributed in the tropical rainforests of the north of New Guinea .

Diet Edit

The Northern cassowary feeds on fruit and small animals.

Conservation status Edit

Due to ongoing habitat loss and overhunting in some areas, the Northern cassowary is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red list of Threatened species.

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