Casuarius bennetti

Casuarius bennetti, Bennett’s Cassowary, Little Cassowary, Mountain Cassowary,Mooruk

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The Dwarf Cassowary (Casuarius bennetti) also known as the Bennett’s Cassowary, Little Cassowary, Mountain Cassowary,[2] or Mooruk, is the smallest of the three species of cassowaries.

The scientific name commemorates the Australian naturalist George Bennett.[3] He was the first scientist to examine these birds after a few were brought to Australia aboard a ship. Recognising them as representing a new species of cassowary, he sent specimens back to England where this was confirmed. On the west side of Geelvink Bay, western Irian, there exist a distinctive form that may merit a split. C. papuanus is the tentative name.[2] Finally there are no officially recognized sub-species, however, some authors believe there should be.[4][5]

The Karam of the New Guinea Highlands identify bats and flying birds as one classification (yaket), and the Dwarf Cassowary, an extremely large wingless, flightless bird as another classification (kobtiy). Whereas yaket are bony with wings and fly in the air, kobtiy are bony without wings and are terrestrial and of the forest. Kobtiy are different from other bony wingless animals in that the kobtiy are not quadrupedal, like dogs and lizards, and are not limbless, like snakes.

John Gould first identified the Dwarf Cassowary from a specimen from New Britain, in 1857

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Kasuari Gelambir-ganda
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Casuarius casuarius

Casuarius casuarius, Southern Cassowary, Kasuari, Gelambir-ganda

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The Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) also known as Double-wattled Cassowary, Australian Cassowary or Two-wattled Cassowary, is a large flightless black bird. It is a ratite and therefore related to the Emu, Ostrich, and the genus Rhea.

It has stiff, bristly black plumage, a blue face and neck, red on the nape and two red wattles measuring around 17.8 cm (7.0 in) in length hanging down around its throat. A horn-like brown casque, measuring 13 to 16.9 cm (5.1 to 6.7 in) high, sits atop the head. The bill can range from 9.8 to 19 cm (3.9 to 7.5 in).[2] The three-toed feet are thick and powerful, equipped with a lethal dagger-like claw up to 12 cm (4.7 in) on the inner toe.[2] The plumage is sexually monomorphic, but the female is dominant and larger with a longer casque, larger bill and brighter-colored bare parts. The juveniles have brown longitudinal striped plumage. It is the largest member of the cassowary family and is the second heaviest bird on earth, at a maximum size estimated at 85 kg (190 lb) and 190 cm (75 in) tall. Normally this species ranges from 127–170 cm (50–67 in) in length. The height is normally 1.5–1.8 m (4.9–5.9 ft) and females average 58.5 kg (129 lb) and males averaging 29–34 kg (64–75 lb). Most adult birds will weigh between 17 and 70 kg (37 and 150 lb). It is technically the largest Asian bird (since the extinction of the Arabian Ostrich, and previously the Moa of New Zealand) and the largest Australian bird (though the Emu may be slightly taller).

Range and habitat

The Southern Cassowary is distributed in tropical rainforests of Indonesia, New Guinea and northeastern Australia, and it prefers elevations below 1,100 m (3,600 ft) in Australia, and 500 m (1,600 ft) on New Guinea.