Absolute Hooligan – Cassowary Portraits
Absolute Hooligan – Cassowary Portraits by Sub Urban Bird Artist Tim Niall-Harris - Maybe the Cassowary is the original Absolute Hooligan Sub Urban bird. Sometimes listed as the most dangerous bird in the world, but maybe just one of the great characters of the bird world. Having first come across these amazing birds in captivity I was driven to see them in the wild. The first encounter was with a male Double Wattled Cassowary and his two chicks in North Queensland Australia and ever since they been a regular subject of my paintings, in watercolour, spray paint, acrylic. On canvas, paper and walls!
Amazing birds that need to be treated with respect as they do deserve their reputation! - Absolute Hooligans
Cassowaries - genus Casuarius, are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) that are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and Indonesia), nearby islands, and northeastern Australia.
There are three extant species. The most common of these, the southern cassowary, is the third-tallest and second-heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.
Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food, including shoots and grass seeds, in addition to fungi, invertebrates, and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries, occasionally fatal, to dogs and people.