The Cassowary; My New Favorite Bird

The Cassowary; found in New Guinea, nearby islands and Australia. They are classed as one of the most dangerous and deadly birds!

Dangerous Feet


The inner or second of the three toes is fitted with a long, straight, murderous nail which can sever an arm or eviscerate an abdomen with ease. There are many records of natives being killed by this bird

~Earnest Thomas Hilliard

It sounds an awful lot like this:

A six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the the middle toe. He doesn’t bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say… no no. He slashes at you here, or here…
[he lightly ‘slashes’ across the kid’s body with the raptor claw]

~Dr. Alan Grant, Jurassic Park


Take a look here Cassowary compared to the Oviraptor for some interesting comparison pictures. I just love their feet and bright colours!



There have been documented attacks with one of the most notorious stories detailing how a boy died after a Cassowary pierced his jugular. The boy and his brother had just started beating it and it reacted defensively.

Enough talky talk, more pictures!!



Interesting links:

From my ASUS ME572C to you


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