Cassowaries (ratites) are large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and NE Australia. They grow to 6' tall; up to 140 lbs w stout, powerful legs & long feet w 3 toes. In breeding season, females lay clutches of eggs directly on rainforest floor. The male then incubates them for @ 50 days, leaving them only to drink. He cares for his offspring for up to 16 mo. Their diet is almost all fruit. They are important dispersers of rainforest seeds.