Nikon D300 ~ 80-400mm Nikkor lens
f 5.3 ~ 1/160s ~ ISO 200
106 views as of 3-31-13
Taken at the San Antonio zoo in San Antonio, Texas (US)
Cassowary – Casuarius
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The cassowaries are ratites, very large flightless birds, in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and north-eastern Australia. There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the Southern Cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.
Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, and fungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked, they are capable of inflicting serious or even fatal injuries to dogs and people.