And like most birds, the cassowary has a mating call; witnesses compare the male's to the wheezing of an old truck with a sick ignition.
Large flightless birds, emus are native to Australia and are next only to the cassowary and the ostrich in size.
Giant crowned pigeons, small wallaby kangaroos, cassowary birds, tree kangaroos, and wild boars are abundant within an hour's walk of the village.
As well as the beautiful scenery, the group had the chance to see dugongs, a cassowary and her stripy chicks, native rats - certainly larger than your average house rat - and wild pigs with their piglets.
Certainly, the cassowary 's clawed wings, scaly legs, featherless heads, wrinkled necks, and large size give them a dinosaur-like appearance.
We also owe a small selection of words for native wildlife to the language: the cassowary , a large flightless bird related to the emu, was called kasuari in Malay.
I told him about the cassowary , a flightless, man-size bird that lives in the rainforests and has a razor claw on each foot with which it can slice you open in a deft and appallingly expansive manner.
For example, the cassowary (a large flightless bird) feeds on bright blue and red fruit.
‘Without cassowaries , over 100 native rainforest plants are not able to regenerate,’ he said.
In fact, the moa is a New Zealand species but kiwis are more closely related to emus and cassowaries in Australia, so it may be bad news for the national symbol.