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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.

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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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Kookaburras

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

  • Kookaburras use their laughing call to defend their territories and guard their mates.
  • Their laugh is one of the most familiar sounds of the Australian bush.
  • Early European settlers in Australia called them the “settlers’ clock”, because of their loud laughing choruses every morning.
  • They are common around picnic areas, where they can steal food from unguarded tables – or even right off the grill.
  • They can catch and kill snakes in the bush.
  • In urban areas they also hunt mice and rats.
  • They can live for more than 20 years and have the same mate for life.
  • Young kookaburras stay with the family for several years. Family groups of more than 6 are common.
  • Their greatest threat in surburbia is from the loss of trees due to development.

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Black Swan

Black Swan

Black Swan

  • Black swans are vegetarians eating mostly algae and weeds.
  • They occasionally graze on land but are clumsy walkers.
  • Like all swans they are strictly monogamous.
  • Black swans grow to approximately 120cm in size, males are a little larger.
  • Their weight is from 5.6 – 6.2 kg up to 9 kg.
  • Their wing span reaches from 150 – 200 cm.
  • They are black with a white band on the end of their wings which are visible when they fly.
  • They have bright red eyes.
  • Male swans are called cobs, females are pens, and young are cygnets.
  • Swans in general have the largest eggs of any flighted bird.
  • Swans have far more neck vertebrae than mammals, with 24 or 25 vertebrae; most mammals only have seven.
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