In our last post about wild animals, you discovered the worlds most dangerous bird. Now in this guide, you’re going to discover little-known facts about these birds, there’s more to them than you may think.
You’re also going to learn a few basic facts about cassowaries. Knowing even just the basic, general information about them will give you the upper hand in dealing with one in the wild.
Instead of the usual “10 facts about cassowaries”, here’s 12.
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12 Interesting Facts About The Cassowary Bird
Comes In Different Shapes And Sizes
These clawed creatures all live in primarily northeastern New Guinea, Austrailia.
Note: Every wild animal or insect that is deadly always seem to live in Australia…
Like most things, there are different kinds of cassowary birds. There and three species and they include:
- Northern Cassowary
Here are a couple of facts about the northern cassowary.
- Southern Cassowary
It is the specific species of the bird that weighs in as the worlds second heaviest bird. It’s also the third tallest bird in the world behind the ostrich and emus, growing up to an average of 5 feet 6 inches.
- Dwarven Cassowary
Not to state any obvious facts about the Dwarven cassowary, but of the three species of cassowaries. It is the smallest of them. The average height standing tall at around 3 feet.
Number One, But Also Number Two
The southern cassowary bird may be number one in danger and death, but it’s second to the heaviest. The southern cassowary is the worlds second heaviest bird.
Ahh now to the smoking gun detail of the deadliest bird. The feet of Cassowaries is what makes them the most dangerous bird on earth.
In the middle of both their feet, is a claw that’s disturbingly sharp that they thrust forward into their victims.
Stay At Nest Father
The female abandons the eggs after she lays them. The male cassowary is the one that looks after the eggs in the nest, 24/7. Literally, the male never leaves the nest. After they hatch, the male also raises and teaches the chicks for almost a year.
Jump, Jump, Jump Around
How high off the ground can you jump?
The highest vertical jump that’s been recorded is about 4.1 feet from here.
To say Cassowaries are good jumpers is nothing but an understatement. They’re able to sky-rocket a whopping 7 feet off the ground.
This is one of the cool facts about cassowaries. They have a spike-like object that’s nearly hidden on each wing. Each of their wings has a claw on the tips. A stealth-dagger. And they are deadly with them.
It’s as if these birds are born as concealed carriers all by themselves…
Cassowaries are frugivores. Their diet of the bird consists of fruits and berries that fall from surrounding trees. This just might prove that fruits keep you sharp.
Here is one of the fun facts about cassowaries. Not only are they frugivores, but they also eat their own poop.
Imagine being attacked by something that eats their own poo…
Sometimes described as a “helmet” on top of their heads. They develop a dense helmet-like material above their eyes. It’s not made of skin, but the same material as our fingernails which puts it into a more realistic perspective. It’s not known exactly what it’s purpose or use is.
Listen to the video below of the cassowary calls. They will surprise you.
Long Live The Bird
These birds have a long life span. They can live for decades in certain environments. Their average lifespan is about 26 years. One of the oldest known is 61 years.
Not just the male, but both the male and female have something called a psuedo-penis, something that female hyenas also have, which is a structure on the body that appears to be a penis. But theirs isn’t connected to any of their reproductive organs.
This is one of the more unusual facts about cassowaries I almost didn’t have the balls to write it…
Racking Up The Death Toll
How dangerous are cassowaries really? How many people have cassowaries killed?
In 2019, the number of people killed by a cassowary is 2. The first death was recorded in 1926.
The number of people that have been killed is low, but there are countless cases of injuries and serious lacerations.
In addition to the cassowary being the most deadly bird in the world, they have some interesting and seemingly odd attributes.
Now that you know a few more basic facts about them, if you ever encounter one, you’ll be that much more prepared.
In general, you don’t have to worry too much about them unless you’re in Australia and also pick a fight with them. They aren’t aggressive for no reason. Like most wild animals, unless they feel threatened, they probably won’t want to stab you with their dagger-feet.
Have you ever seen a Cassowary in person?