struthioniformes

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Dwarf Cassowary (Casuarius bennetti)

Also known as the Bennett’s Cassowary, Little Cassowary, Mountain Cassowary or the Mooruk. The Dwarf Cassowary is a small species of cassowary native to mountain forests in New Guinea and the islands of New Britain and Yapen. Like other cassowary species the dwarf cassowary is a solitary bird and keeps to its self. The dwarf cassowary feeds mostly on fruits and other plant material which it swallows whole, keeping the seeds intact which makes it an effective seed disperser. Despite its ‘large’ size the dwarf cassowary is surprisingly nimble as it can swim and navigate obstacles with ease, it also can defend itself with a powerful kick. During the the mating season the dwarf cassowary can produce a loud booming call which can penetrate dense vegetation with ease, in-order to attract mates.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Struthioniformes-Casuariidae-Casuarius-bennetti

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