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The Southern Cassowary

The Southern Cassowary

The Southern Cassowary

  • The Southern Cassowary is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the Ostrich and Emu.
  • The name cassowary comes from two Papuan words, ‘kasu’ meaning horned and ‘weri’ meaning head, referring to the prominent casque on its head
  • An adult cassowary can stand up to 1.8 metres (6’) tall.
  • Cassowaries are solitary birds except during courtship, egg-laying, and sometimes around ample food supplies.
  • The male cassowary is solely responsible for incubating the eggs and raising the young. They sit on the nest for 50 days until the eggs hatch.
  • The father teaches the chicks how to forage and by nine months they become independent.
  • There are only about 1500 cassowaries left in the wild.

We sell Cassowary plush toys in our store, these make a great gift for children or the child at heart, click here to see our cassowary products.

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Emu facts and trivia

Emu in the wild

Emu in the wild

  • The Emu is native to Australia and it is believed to have existed almost unchanged for over 80 million years.
  • Emus grow to approximately 6 feet tall and is the second largest bird in the world.
  • Emu and ostrich are totally different birds.  The only similarity they share is that they are both flightless.
  • The Emu is an omnivore.  In the wild its diet consists of grains and seeds and small rodents, reptiles and birds.
  • Females can lay up to 60 eggs per season.  The average egg production for a hen is 30 to 40 eggs.
  • The eggs are dark green and weigh 1 to 1 1/2 pounds (500 to 780 grams).
  • The male Emu incubates the eggs 50 to 60 days and then raises the chicks.
  • An Emu grows quickly and reaches its full height in one year.
  • Emus love water and are excellent swimmers.
  • Emus grow to approximately 6 feet tall.

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Thanks to everyone who entered the December Caption Competition, again we saw some great entries and it’s hard to narrow them down to a few. We have selected the top six for voting.

Voting closes on 10th January at 9.00am (AEDT) and only one vote per person but feel free to let others know about the voting!

Tasmanian Devil - Caption Competition Photo for December 2009

Australian Tasmanian Devil - Caption Competition Photo for December 2009

Vote for December Caption Contest Winner

  • I knew I shouldn't have eaten that last Grand Angus. (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Does that patch of white make my bum look big? (78%, 39 Votes)
  • I think this flat out like a lizard drinking thing is WAY overrated. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Ready or not here I come! (4%, 2 Votes)
  • So now you tell me--a bellyflop's in water. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Ouch ! Now I know why mum told me to stop playing with the flying foxes. (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

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Tree Hugging - where it all began

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