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Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius



Family: Casuariidae (Cassowaries, Emus)

Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2cde

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Justification of Red List category
This species is believed to have undergone a rapid decline in the last three generations (44 years) in Australia, and declines of a similar magnitude elsewhere in its range are possible, with local extirpations reported from parts of New Guinea. It is therefore classified as Vulnerable. However, the decline in Australia resulted from an extraordinary rate of habitat destruction which has virtually ceased. Further information from New Guinea may indicate that the species would be better listed as Near Threatened if hunting and high-impact industrial logging does not increase in the large areas of existing habitat there.



Population size: 6000-15000

Population trend: Decreasing

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 394,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Attributes
Land-mass type - shelf island
Land-mass type - Australia
Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Casuarius casuarius. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/12/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/12/2016.