Posted Jul 06, 2016
How about the stunning #cassowarycoast for your big day? Chances are you may have that extra sneaky guest on your wedding day at beautiful #ettybay. Photo by #cairnsweddingarches #tropicalcoastqueensland #exploretnq.
As tall as a person, with a high helmet on its head, a vivid blue neck and long drooping red wattles - this is the southern cassowary, found only in the tropical rainforests of north-east Queensland, Papua New Guinea and some surrounding islands.
In Australia the cassowary is found in far north Queensland's tropical rainforests, melaleuca swamps and mangrove forests.
The cassowary is Australia's heaviest flightless bird, but the emu is taller.
The cassowary is an important rainforest gardener, spreading the seeds of rainforest trees. Sometimes the seeds are so large that no other animal can swallow and disperse them.
Cassowary dung contains hundreds of seeds gathered over hectares of forest.