Double-Wattled Cassowary

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Range
Australia, north of Townsville, Queensland, on the eastern side of Cape York. Widespread in southern, eastern, and northwestern New Guinea.

Habitat
Primarily in lowland rainforests, below 3600 feet

Distinguishing Characteristics
Distinguishable from other cassowaries by the two wattles that hang from the neck. A large casque, or helmet, sits atop the head.

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: fruit and vegetables, prepared omnivore diet, dog food

Diet in the Wild: Generally feeds upon fungi, fallen fruits of rainforest trees, as well as a few insects and small vertebrates.

Life Span
Documented as living to be over 20 in captivity

Behavior/Adaptations
Male cassowaries incubate and raise the young. Females may mate with and lay clutches for several males during a single mating season.
Have been known to kill humans using their inner toe, which is equipped with a long sharp claw.

Status
Endangered