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Cassowary Attack Bird

Updated on February 15, 2011
Cassowary, a shy but dangerous flightless bird that lives in the tropical forests of New Guinea, the surrounding islands and northeastern Australia.
Cassowary, a shy but dangerous flightless bird that lives in the tropical forests of New Guinea, the surrounding islands and northeastern Australia.

Don't mess with the cassowary

It wrecked more protective barriers, killed more human beings and yes, ruined more dinner parties than any other bird in the world. It's the third tallest, second heaviest, but certainly the most aggressive bird you can ever encounter.

Cassowary Facts

Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary


  • feed on fruits, plant food such as grass and fungi, and invertebrates (animals without a skeletal structure).
  • are part of the ratite group, which includes the Emu, rheas, ostrichs, and kiwis.
  • belong to one of three extant species today (Southern Cassowary, Dwarf Cassowary, Northern Cassowary).
  • have a helmet on their head, feathers on their body, blue skin on the head and neck.
  • lay 3-6 eggs and leaves the male to sit on them for about 8 weeks until they are hatched.

No, I mean, I don't like tourists.
No, I mean, I don't like tourists.

Cassowary Personality

Cassowaries defend their territories (read: where the berry bushes are) at all cost. They charge, leap, slash with their claws and smash with their heads.

Do they look nice and funky? Yes.

Do they have a charming personality? No.

In fact, they won't eat you, as they prefer their berries, but they will kill you just for that.

The nice thing about the cassowary is it gets in a rage. If you run, it comes after you. If you jump in your car, it slashes the door open. You try anything, you're done.

Do they like people in general? No.

Do they own the beach? Yes.

And why would a bird attack a tree?

How to approach a cassowary without the resulting death of the person who attempts it?


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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Interesting article. I had no idea about this bird. Beautiful photo too.

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      Gous Ahmed 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Looks cute doesn't it? But it's deadly!

      It wouldn't wanna mess with me, i'll just kick it's little head in!

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      Haunty 8 years ago from Hungary

      Ppl usually don't. I watched quite a few vids on youtube and ppl don't seem to know what the thing is, walk over to it and then #&@{#*\...

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Now I know exactly why I have never trusted those big birds. Ever since I was a little girl I have been frightened of them. Honest to God I never realized how dangerous they can be til I read this.

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      Haunty 8 years ago from Hungary

      I didn't know about this bird until I saw a program about it on TV - the one in the fourth video. I think this bird is weird and beautiful. Thanks for the comments, guys.

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      Andrew 8 years ago from Italy

      Very interesting article. Not someone to mess with. Beautiful pictures too. Rated up.

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      nadiaazhar 8 years ago from kuwait

      What a dreadful bird!!thanks for sharing the facts about Cassowary.

      best regards,nadia


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