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Southern Cassowary

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Southern Cassowary

Southern cassowary

One of the largest birds on the planet, the southern cassowary of northeastern Australia and New Guinea can reach a height of 5.8 feet, weigh more than 150 pounds and shake the ground with its loud, low-frequency call. On top of its head is a horn-like casque, and there are long, sharp claws at the end of its long legs. While the cassowary's body is covered with black, satin-like feathers, the skin on its face and neck is brightly colored blue and red. It's no wonder that signs in Australia alert locals to be "Casso-wary." Safari Park guests can see this remarkable flightless bird in Walkabout Australia, near Zuest Station.

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