Paleontologists love to point out that birds are basically evolved dinosaurs but lets be honest, sparrows and whatnot don't really cut the dino-mustard do they? The Southern Cassowary on the other hand. Well that looks properly dinosaurish.
Exotic head ornamentation? check
Flightless biped? check
"Killing" claw on toes? check
Bizarre colour scheme? check
Yep. I'm pretty sure it's a dinosaur. It's also probably the "must-see" flagship species for naturalists visiting Queensland so I was pretty pleased to get these by 10am on day 2.
More on these remarkable birds to come.....