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Southern Cassowary

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Casuarius Casuarius
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Southern Cassowary
Also known as the Australian or double wattle cassowary. A ratite recognisable by it's vivid blue face and neck, large red wattles and the head casque. Found in Northern Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea mostly in forested areas. It is able to swim, leap up to one and a half metres horizontally and has fearsome reputation for it's ability to strike out with it's powerful legs and long razor-sharp claws when threatened or provoked.

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