The Southern Cassowary, 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. Cassowaries are closely related to the kiwis — these two bird families diverging from a common ancestor 40 million years ago.
It has hard and stiff plumage, a brown casque atop its head, blue face and neck, red nape and two red wattles hanging down its throat. The plumage is sexually monomorphic, but the female is dominant and larger with a longer casque and brighter-colored bare parts.
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. The blade-like claws are capable of killing humans and dogs if the bird is provoked.
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