Order Struthioniformes

Family Casuariidae

Cassowaries, Emus
Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Emu (Dromaiidae). See link for information on this group.
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  • Huge, flightless, three-toed terrestrial birds with long neck and legs, and prominent casque.
  • Australo-Papuan Subregion.
  • Rain forest and savanna woodland, from lowlands up to 3000 m.
  • 100-170 cm.
  • 2 genera, 4 species, 6 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Folch, A. (2019). Cassowaries, Emus (Casuariidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52186 on 10 December 2019).