Casuariidae (cassowaries; class Aves, order Casuariiformes)
A family of large, heavy-bodied ratites
that have black, hair-like plumage; the wing feathers have bare quills and there are no tail feathers. The head and neck are featherless with a casque
, the bill is short and strong, and there are wattles
on the neck. The legs are stout with three toes, the inner toe having a long sharp claw. Cassowaries are rainforest dwellers, feeding mainly on fruit and berries and nesting on the ground. There are three species, found in Australia
, New Guinea
, and neighbouring islands.
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