The Southern cassowary is a large, flightless bird that is found in the tropical rainforests of north eastern Australia and New Guinea. These birds are the tallest living ratites, which are a group of flightless birds that includes ostriches, emus, and rheas. Southern cassowaries can weigh up to 134 pounds and stand up to 5 feet tall.
They have a black body with a colourful head and neck that can be blue, green, or red. Southern cassowaries are omnivores and eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, insects, and other small animals.
Southern cassowaries are important members of their ecosystems. They help disperse seeds from fruit trees and other plants, which helps promote new growth in the forest. They also eat insects, which helps keep the forest healthy by controlling the population of pests.