Casuarius unappendiculatus unappendiculatus
English : Northern cassowary
French : Casoar unicaronculé
Class : Aves
Order : Casuariiformes
Family : Casuariidae
Notes : 5 other subspecies known. Subspecies tend to be considered invalid. This subspecies is often misidentified as aurantiacus.
The species grows to 1.50 meters high. Single teardrop shaped wattle on neck, black plumage. This subspecies has a triangular, low, dorsally flattened casque, violet, blue and bright yellow naked parts with red sides of neck, and no nape patch.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in most of the northern half of New Guinea and nearby islands. This subspecies occurs in the Vogelkop Peninsula and nearby small islands. It lives in rainforests and swamp forests in lowlands, up to 700 m.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is likely the most threatened of all three cassowaries. It suffers from habitat loss and is hunted for subsistence in most of its range.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
Taman Safari Cisarua (Indonesia), Jurong Bird Park (Singapore), Bali Bird Park (Indonesia), Avilon Zoo (Philippines)
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