The cassowary is living proof that birds are living dinosaurs

the cassowary is living proof that birds are living dinosaurs

The cassowary is further proof that birds are living dinosaurs.

Native to Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia, the flightless Cassowary bird can grow up to a whopping 7 feet tall and weigh as much as 120 pounds. It’s the third-tallest and second-heaviest living bird.

But even more dinosauric are the cassowary’s razor-sharp talons that it uses to defend itself. Known as the “world’s most dangerous bird,” the cassowary can quickly kill a person with one strike of its dagger-like feet.

Cassowary bird standing in a natural habitat in Northern Australia

Speaking of humans, the cassowary was the first domesticated bird — not the chicken. Now imagine how vicious these birds were before people got involved!

Interestingly, the cassowary also lay bright green and pale green-blue eggs during the breeding season. Meanwhile, the male cassowary constructs the nest, incubates the eggs for 50 days, and raises the chicks until they turn 3 years old. That’s almost as fascinating as the bird’s turquoise neck, shark fin-shaped casque, and glossy feathers — such a mythical and neat-colored creature!