Home. Southern Cassowaries are found in northern Queensland. The average lifespan of wild cassowaries is believed to be about 40 to 50 years. The polygamous female lays three to five green eggs on a well camouflaged nest prepared by the male, she leaves the nest and eggs to find another mate. The Northern cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus), is a species from the Casuarius genus. As logging opens up more areas of the forest, hunting will be more of a problem. Photography.  The genus name Casuarius is derived from the Malay word kesuari "cassowary", while the species name unappendiculatus refers to the species' single wattle. https://animals.fandom.com/wiki/Northern_Cassowary?oldid=70184, Single (One)-wattled Cassowary and Gold(en)-neck(ed) Cassowary. It is one of the three living species of cassowary, alongside the dwarf cassowary and the sout Northern cassowary, Casuarius unappendiculatus, which lives in New Guinea and New Britain. Emus were classified in a different family until it was decided that they are similar enough to the cassowaries that they could be classified in the same family.  Officially, there are no subspecies, though some authors list several subspecies. Animal Database is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. As with other cassowaries, it is a shy and solitary bird. They are very long lived, with an average lifespan of 61 years if not killed by predators or by destruction of their home. It's binomial name Casuarius unappendiculatus, can be broken down to Casuarius is kesuari Malay for cassowary. There are several theories as to what the casque is for. The male, at 30 to 37 kg (66 to 82 lb), is smaller than the female, at an average of 58 kg (128 lb), making it roughly tied as the third-heaviest living bird species after the common ostrich, Somali ostrich and alongside the similarly sized southern cassowary. Migratory Birds + Swainson's Hawk. Cassowary Casques. The Cassowary is a moderately sized member of the ratite family, which also includes ostriches and emus. Edward Blyth first identified the northern cassowary from a specimen from an aviary located in Calcutta, India, in 1860.  These birds measure 149 cm (4.89 ft) long and stand 1.5–1.8 m (4.9–5.9 ft) in height. The cassowary, Australia's heaviest flightless bird, is found in far north Queensland's tropical rainforests, melaleuca swamps and mangrove forests. Average lifespan Status: wild 40 years; Range lifespan Status: captivity 61 (high) years; Average lifespan Status: captivity 22 years; Typical lifespan Status: captivity 22 (high) years ; Behavior. Forest Birds + Common Pauraque. Dwarf cassowary, Casuarius bennetti, which lives in New Guinea. Photography Subjects. The smallest cassowary variety is, not surprisingly, called the dwarf cassowary. There are only four members, three of which are Cassowaries; the other, the only remaining species of emu.  They prefer elevations below 490 m (1,610 ft). the northern cassowary cousin of the highlands cassowary that lives in the lowland rainforest of papua new guinea They live alone except for a 9-month period after hatching when male cassowaries care for the chicks. Common Cuckoo. The genus name Casuarius is derived from the Malay word kesuari "cassowary", while the species name unappendiculatus refers to the species' single wattle. This is also called the Single-wattled cassowary, Gold(en)-neck(ed) cassowary or Blyth's cassowary. The Southern Cassowary is a specie from the Casuarius genus. unappendiculatus means unus, one, appendicis, appendage, -culus, diminutive, and -atus, … Breeding season matches the time of year when fruit is most abundant in the bird's rain forest home: June to October. Northern Cassowary; Clutch size: presumably 3-5 eggs (not well known) Gray-green to pale green in color; Egg dimensions: 139-160 x 93-105 mm (5.5-6.3 x 3.7-4.1 in); weight not reported; Dwarf Cassowary; Clutch size: 2-5 eggs reported (Coates 1985; Pratt and Beehler 2015), but in some populations, typical clutch may be 2-3 eggs (Andrew Mack, personal communication, 2017) Greenish; … Lifespan: 60+ years. Southern Cassowaries normally feed alone. The northern cassowary and the emu share homologous features. It sports a single, wart-like wattle at the base of the neck (some individuals may have a couple of bonus wattles). Saved from en.wikipedia.org. 9. Learn about Northern Cassowary: explore photos, sounds, and observations collected by birders around the world. The Southern Cassowary feeds mostly on fruit that has fallen to the ground. In 1597 the first cassowary came to Europe for Emperor Rudolf II's collection. , https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Casuarius_unappendiculatus/, "Northern Cassowary - BirdLife Species Factsheet", "Systema Naturae 2000 / Classification, Casuarius unappendiculatus", northern-cassowary-casuarius-unappendiculatus, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Northern_cassowary&oldid=989323574, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 November 2020, at 09:43. The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), also known as double-wattled cassowary, Australian cassowary or two-wattled cassowary, is a large flightless black bird.