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Southern Cassowary, Etty Bay - Far North QLD

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Standing up to two metres tall and weighting in at up to 85kg, the Southern Cassowary claims it's place as Australia's heaviest, flightless bird.
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A popular spot to see these prehistoric animals was just down the road from the boat at Etty Bay.
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sure enough, As I pulled up in the car, one appeared directly in front of me.
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The colours are amazing
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and their size is un-nerving!
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Carefully checking every car for potential snacks!
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this sub-species is endemic to Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests and is listed as being endangered.
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There are believed to be fewer than , of the majestic Southern Cassowary left in the wild.
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The Southern Cassowary is considered to be an important dispenser of seeds in Australia's Tropical Rainforests,
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It is on of the few animals able to ingest and disperse the seeds of many larger rainforest fruits throughout the forest, assisting with their seed dispersals.
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Posted by charlystyles 13:43 Archived in Australia Tagged cassowary etty_bay Comments (0)

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