This family’s smallest member is found throughout mountain forests of New Guinea, Yapen Island, New Britain (introduced), and occasionally lowland forests of NE-SE New Guinea.
Adults are black with a low-rounded helmet on the head, while young people are brown. They forage forest floors for fallen fruits and are generally solitary. They communicate with low-frequency booming calls. Their breeding cycle is yet not well studied, but like all other cassowaries, the daddy bird takes care of the nest, eggs, and babies.
There is no quantitative population estimation, but they are rare or absent in many range areas because of hunting pressure and may even result in extinction.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No