20 facts about Southern cassowary

Southern cassowary
11.Females lay three to five green eggs in a single clutch.
Nests are provisory constructions made mostly of leaves. Eggs are 16 x 10 cm (6,3 x 4,1 in) in size and weigh about 580 g (20 oz). After laying the eggs, the female leaves the nest and is ready to find a new mate.
12.The Male takes care of the young.
He is responsible for hatching the eggs and caring for the hatchlings. Hatching usually takes up to 60 days. Juveniles stay with their father for nearly ten months. During this time, he teaches them how to live independently, obtain food and defend themselves.
13.They are speedy runners.
Adult cassowaries can run up to 50 km (31 mi) per hour.
14.Cassowaries are crepuscular animals.
This means that they are most active during dusk and dawn. They spend the day basking in the sun.
15.Their toe-claw is long and dangerous.
The three-toed feet are thick and strong, equipped with a deadly dagger-like claw up to 12 cm (4.7 in) long on the inner toe. In danger, cassowary can deliver powerful and deadly kicks with the claw. Out of the fight, the claw is used to dig in the ground to find food.
16.Cassowaries are closely related to Kiwi birds.
They share a common ancestor that lived about 40 million years ago.
17.Well suited to avoid danger.
Those birds are excellent swimmers and can jump up to 2 m (7 ft) high to avoid a predator.
18.They live up to 20 years in the wild.
They reach maturity in 2,5 to 3 years. In captivity, cassowary can live up to 40 years.
19.They make weird and low sounds.
The booming sound emitted by a cassowary is the lowest known call of any bird and lies just at human hearing limit.
20.Cassowaries are not an endangered species.
The IUCN lists them as LC (least concern). The global population of these birds is estimated at about 20,000.

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