Cassowaries

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Casuarius casuarius

Cassowaries are large flightless birds that stand between 1.5-2 metres high. Mature adult birds are extremely striking with glossy black plumage and bright blue necks with a touch of red. Rockhampton Zoo is home to one male and one female cassowary, who are part of our Australia Species Management breeding program.

Distribution and habitat

Australia. Limited to dense tropical areas that provide fruit all year round. Only 25% of former cassowary habitats remain.  

Conservation status* 

Endangered

Population 

Between 1000 - 1500

 Diet

Eat up to 150 different fruit species. 

* Classified by IUCN

Here's Hammy our male cassowary trying to get the camera to capture his best side!

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