One of the most fascinating bird species is the cassowary. Generally regarded as the most hazardous bird on the earth. The cassowary is a species of flightless bird (ratite) in the Casuariiformes order. These big, long-legged birds are related to emus and have three subspecies, the most common of which is the southern cassowary. They may be found in New Guinea’s tropical woods, Australia’s northeastern region, and the Aru Islands.
From a standing position, a Cassowary can jump 5 feet in the air!
A dinosaur that looks like a cassowary was just unearthed!
The ancestors of these birds are considered to have developed some 60 million years ago, just after the dinosaurs died out. In addition, a dinosaur fossil that resembles a cassowary was unearthed in 2017. Even though they aren’t related, cassowaries retain several old characteristics present in only a few creatures today.
They can reach speeds of 30mph!
Their bright blue features, together with the two red wattles dangling from their necks, give them an even more terrifying appearance. They also have a wide range of frightening sounds, including as booms, hisses, rumbles, and roars. But it’s their powerful legs, which finish in three sharp clawed toes, that make them truly lethal.
They have an exceptionally strong kick, and each toe on their foot culminates in a vicious claw that may reach a horrific 5 inches in length (12 centimeters). Their kick is powerful enough to inflict significant damage, but their dagger-like claws may inflict much more severe injuries that can result in death.
Did you know that the only major flightless bird suitable to living in the jungle is the cassowary? The southern cassowary is the biggest of the three cassowary species, and its feet feature three toes with a robust claw and a long dagger-like claw on the middle toe.