Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011
Cassowaries (Singular: Cassowary) are big, flightless birds that live in the wet tropics of North Queensland in places like the Daintree Rainforest. Usually standing about 5 to 6 feet tall (sometimes growing to over 2 meters) their menacing size and reputation the ‘most dangerous bird in the world’ contrasts their generally shy and quiet nature.
The birds are not only an impressive sight but are a key component of the rainforest eco system. Their eating habits and ability to digest highly toxic seeds help spread the seeds of over 80 species of plant through the environment.
One of the best places to see Cassowaries in the wild is the Daintree Rainforest, north of Cairns in Australia.
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I spotted a cassowary in Daintree, and it was one of the most interesting animals I’ve ever seen! It was thrilling that we actually spotted one since they are so elusive.