Cassowaries

Last Updated: 16th Feb 2011

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/australia/harvey/cassowary_002.jpg" class="rightwise" alt="" /></p> <p>Cassowaries (Singular: Cassowary) are big, flightless birds that live in the wet tropics of North Queensland in places like the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/daintree-rainforest">Daintree Rainforest</a>. Usually standing about 5 to 6 feet tall (sometimes growing to over 2 meters) their menacing size and reputation the &#8216;most dangerous bird in the world&#8217; contrasts their generally shy and quiet nature.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>One of the best places to see Cassowaries in the wild is the Daintree Rainforest, north of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cairns">Cairns</a> in Australia.</p>