Male Cassowary calling 6 times to female

Male Cassowary calling 6 times to female
Species: Southern Cassowary   Casuarius casuarius
Author: Phil Gregory
Monday, October 17, 2016
Added to IBC: 17 Oct 2016 - 04:42
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Altitude (m): 
358 meters


The female was sat down in the shade, and the male walked in looking quite agitated, all fluffed up. He went to the drinking / bath, bent forward and then gave this deep guttural call, which was repeated 6 times over about 3 minutes, with the female stood up nearby. I thought a mating event might be about to occur, but it came to nothing and they wandered off eventually

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Phil Gregory, IBC1281217. Accessible at

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Phil Gregory, IBC1281217. Sound recording of Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius at Cassowary House, Australia. Accessible at

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