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Alternative Names: Double-wattled Cassowary, Australian Cassowary
1.5-1.7m Female Larger
Height: 120-180cm, male shorter.
This species is monotypic., but some authorities recognize these subspecies (citation needed):
Rainforest and dense scrub, often near jungle streams and along forest edges, sometimes in canefields. Often difficult to see and best located by call but has become semi-tame in some parts of Australian range. Occurs singly or in pairs, sometimes small groups.
Booming, croaking, coughing and grunting sounds, also a shrill whistle often uttered at night. Hisses in alarm.
3-6 (usually 4) light to dark green eggs with coarsely granulated shells (140 x 90mm). Laid in leaf and grass-lined nest on forest floor. Breeds June-October in Australia. Male incubates for 30-40 days and tends young for nine months. Attain adult plumage in three years.
Mainly vegetable, particularly palm-nuts, fallen fruits and berries, some insects and other invertebrates.
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