Southern cassowary
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Casuariiformes
Family: Casuariidae
Kaup, 1847[1]
2-3 genera, 6-7 species

The bird family Casuariidae /kæsjəˈr.ɪd/ has four surviving members: the three species of cassowary and the emu.

All living members of the family are very large flightless birds native to Australia-New Guinea.[2] The characteristics of the family are those of its members.



Systematics and evolution

The fossil record of casuariforms is interesting, but not very extensive.

Some Australian fossils initially believed to be from emus were recognized to represent a distinct genus, Emuarius,[3] which had a cassowary-like skull and femur and an emu-like lower leg and foot.


  1. ^ Brand, S. (2008)
  2. ^ Clements, J (2007)
  3. ^ From "Emu" + "Casuarius". Describer W. E. Boles commonly refers to the genus as "emuwaries" or "cassomus".


External links

Categories: Casuariidae | Bird families | Ratites | Flightless birds | Taxa named by Johann Jakob Kaup

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