Cassowary, Double-wattled

To protect themselves when threatened, a cassowary will kick with their foot, which is armed with an enlarged middle toenail that is as sharp as a dagger.


  • Scientific Name: Casuarius casuarius
  • Range: New Guinea & northeastern Australia
  • Status in the Wild: Vulnerable
  • Location in the Zoo: Birds of the World
  • Cool Animal Fact: The cassowary is a flightless bird.