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Burung Kasuari (Casuarius casuarius)
Kamis, 25 Desember 2008


Indonesian Burung Kasuari (Casuarius casuarius) is also known as the Southern Cassowary, third largest bird in the world after the African ostrich and the emu, is a native of the eastern part of the Indonesian archipelago, the Irian Jaya province and the surrounding Islands, basically Papua-New Guinea. Also inhabits the uppermost forested areas of Australia.
THIS IS A FEROCIOUS BIRD, THE ONLY MAN-KILLING BIRD I KNOW!!! The 2004 Guiness Book of Records definatelly classifies cassowary as the most dangerous bird for humans. It is considered extremelly dangerous and treated like larger carnivorous mammals in handling.
While it doesnt eat the humans, the trumendeous ammount of muscular force combined with the mechanical of its weapons (steel beak and crested helmet that can crack skulls and claws to match) alonside amazing natural abilities like fast running or high jumping. Attacking cassowaries charge and kick, sometimes jumping on top of the victim. Unlike emus, which reputedly kick backwards, cassowaries can kick in a forward and downward direction. They may also peck, barge, or head-butt. The commonest injuries they cause in humans are puncture wounds, lacerations and bone fractures and also death as a cause of the mentioned.
Recorded victims are not only between the native islands but also amongst zoo keepers. Here is some macabrous literature:
http://www.asij.ac.jp/elementary/projects/aussy/crispin.htm

http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/cassowary-attacks.htm

STILL, the cassowary is not as much of a threat to humans as the other way around since loss of habitat, hunting, dogs and especially road kill decreased the number to the point where this animal became highly endangered and made it into the Red List, and efforts are made to preserve its existence for the future generations. (treknature.com)

Kasuari Gelambir-ganda atau dalam nama ilmiahnya Casuarius casuarius adalah salah satu burung dari tiga spesies Kasuari. Burung dewasa berukuran besar, dengan ketinggian mencapai 170cm, dan memiliki bulu berwarna hitam yang keras dan kaku. Kulit lehernya berwarna biru dan terdapat dua buah gelambir berwarna merah pada lehernya. Di atas kepalanya terdapat tanduk yang tinggi berwarna kecoklatan. Burung betina serupa dengan burung jantan, dan biasanya berukuran lebih besar dan lebih dominan.

Burung Kasuari mempunyai kaki yang besar dan kuat dengan tiga buah jari pada masing-masing kakinya. Jari-jari kaki burung ini sangat berbahaya karena diperlengkapi dengan cakar yang sangat tajam. Seperti umumnya spesies burung-burung yang berukuran besar, burung Kasuari Gelambir-ganda tidak dapat terbang.

Populasi Kasuari Gelambir-ganda tersebar di hutan dataran rendah di Australia, pulau Irian dan pulau Seram di provinsi Maluku. Spesies ini merupakan satu-satunya burung di marga Casuarius yang terdapat di benua Australia. Pakan burung Kasuari Gelambir-ganda terdiri dari aneka buah-buahan yang terjatuh di dasar hutan.

Burung Kasuari biasanya hidup sendiri, berpasangan hanya pada waktu musim berbiak. Anak burung dierami dan dibesarkan oleh burung jantan.

Penangkapan liar dan hilangnya habitat hutan mengancam keberadaan spesies ini. Kasuari Gelambir-ganda dievaluasikan sebagai rentan di dalam IUCN Red List.(wikipedia)



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