Cassowaries (Casuariidae)

Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) - HBW 1, p. 96

French: Casoar à casque German: Helmkasuar Spanish: Casuario Común
Other common names: Double-wattled/Two-wattled/Australian Cassowary

Taxonomy: Struthio Casuarius Linnaeus, 1758, Seram.
Eight subspecies (casuarius, tricarunculatus, bistriatus, lateralis, sclaterii, johnsonii, aruensis and bicarunculatus) traditionally recognized, but good evidence for their validity lacking (see page 90). Monotypic.

Distribution: Most of New Guinea except NC and highlands; Aru Is (E Indonesia); two isolated populations in NE Queensland (Australia); also Seram, where presumably introduced.