Southern Cassowary Skull Replica


The Southern Cassowary is a large flightless bird native to the rainforests of New Guinea and Australia. They have a keratin covered bony casque on their head, powerful legs armed with three sharp claws for protection. It feeds on fruits, plants and small animals.


Southern Cassowary Skull Replica measures 6.3 inches. Southern Cassowary Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast of an original Private collection. Our precise skull can be used as a birdwatching teaching tool, museum bird skull exhibit, home décor bird skull, or office décor skull.

The Southern cassowary or Casuarius casuarius has stiff, bristly black plumage, a blue face and long neck, red on the cape and two red wattles measuring around 7.0 in. in length hanging down around its throat.

A horn like brown casque, measuring 5.1 to 6.7 in. high, sits atop the head. The bill can range from 3.9 to 7.5 in. The three-toed feet are thick and powerful, equipped with a lethal dagger like claw up to 4.7 in. on the inner toe.

The plumage is sexually mono-morphic, but the female is dominant and larger with a longer casque, larger bill and brighter-colored bare parts. The juveniles have brown longitudinal striped plumage.

The southern cassowary or Casuarius casuarius forages on the forest floor for fallen fruit and is capable of safely digesting some fruits toxic to other animals. It also eats fungi, and some insects and small vertebrates.

The southern cassowary is a solitary bird, which pairs only in breeding season, in late winter or spring. The male builds a nest on the ground, a mattress of herbaceous plant material 2 to 4 in. thick and up to 39 in. wide. This is thick enough to let moisture drain away from the eggs. The male also incubates the eggs and raises the chicks alone.

A clutch of three or four eggs are laid measuring by 5.4 in × 3.7 in. They have a granulated surface and are initially bright pea green in color although they fade with age.

Southern cassowary or Casuarius casuarius make a booming call during mating season and hissing and rumblings otherwise.

Chicks will make frequent high-pitched whistles to call the male. The cassowary may become aggressive and use its blade like claws to kill humans or dogs when provoked.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 6.3 in
Southern Cassowary Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Casuariiformes
Family: Casuariidae
Genus: Casuarius
Species: C. casuarius
Binomial name: Casuarius casuarius
Conservation status: Least concern