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Monday, March 27, 2017

The world's most dangerous bird.

The Southern Cassowary, found on the NE coast of Australia, is the third largest bird, following the Ostrich and Emu. But it rates #1 as far as being dangerous. 

 This remarkable and rather scary looking animal, appropriately appears prehistoric with its large casque (a horn like crest which indicates age and dominance) displayed dinosaur-style on its forehead.
    The female Cassowary, although not always as colorful, is stronger and bigger than the male. During the mating season, she can can take up to three different mates. The final partner will be the one to rear the young. 
 After a month or so of courtship the female lays a clutch of eggs and leaves. Giving new meaning to "see ya mate." 
   The male is left to incubate the eggs and look after the young whether or not all of the brood are his.
   Omnivorous creatures, they will eat small vertebrates and invertebrates when necessary, but they prefer fruit. 
  When surprised the bird will choose to run--at speeds up to fifty kilometers an
hour (30+ MPH). 
  However, when cornered, they can maim or kill a person. 

The Guinness World Record Book puts them at the top of the list of birds dangerous to man.
   These beautiful, mysterious, birds are on the endangered species list as they compete with humans for territory in the rain forests. Many were lost to a cyclone in 2006. It is thought less than 1500 still survive in the wild.   
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1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a bird! Interesting post! I don't think I will be cornering one of those any time soon. Have a great week!

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