Words by Jeremy Lebeuf
Hidden in the shadows of the ancient forest, the elusive Cassowary struts around her domain. While it is particularly difficult to spot the rather large flightless bird romping about, she is curious to a fault and chances are will be watching you.
Impeccably charismatic and strikingly vogue, the cassowary isn’t your ordinary chook – she’s rainforest royalty. Outrageously introverted, there is still a lot to be revealed about the flagship species of the Daintree, so here are a few things we do know:
Living large: They are big birds; the southern cassowary is the largest forest bird in the world. And also the second heaviest bird weighing in at 70 kg. Third tallest after the ostrich and emu at around 1.8 m – that’s a lot of bird!
Prehistoric turkeys: Some may say, others may suggest they look terrifyingly similar to the velociraptors in the Jurassic Park movies – both views are kind of correct. The Cassowary is one of the closest living species to dinosaurs, and they definitely do look the part.