out of area Cassowary kills man

To: 'Robin Hide' <>, 'canberrabirds' <>
Subject: out of area Cassowary kills man
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 01:14:53 +0000
Yes being "perhaps the largest member of the cassowary family" is not such a 
big claim. The family is only two species (Cassowary and Emu), which would 
suggest the word should be "larger". Whilst the emu is taller, the cassowary 
would appear to be heavier. Of course the statement could be confused as to how 
the word "family" is used. And I wouldn't trust Wikipedia on that. It is 
confused because there are so many species of ratites, most of which look very 
similar (many now extinct in the last 1000 years or so). Over the years these 
have been listed and relisted as different or the same orders, let alone 
families. The relationships are far from simple.


-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Hide 
Sent: Monday, 15 April, 2019 9:48 AM
To: Philip Veerman; 'canberrabirds'
Subject: out of area Cassowary kills man

Rounded up from?:
" It is perhaps the largest member of the cassowary family and is tied as the 
second heaviest bird on earth, at a maximum size estimated at 85 kg (187 lb) 
and 190 cm (75 in) tall.....[2] The height is normally 1.5 to 1.8 m (4.9–5.9 

-----Original Message-----
From: Philip Veerman 
Sent: Monday, 15 April 2019 9:25 AM
To: 'canberrabirds'
Subject: out of area Cassowary kills man

Yes a cassowary in Florida certainly is "out of area". I am curious at the 
suggestion that they can be 2 metres tall.

-----Original Message-----
From: Con Boekel 
Sent: Sunday, 14 April, 2019 7:11 PM
To: canberrabirds chatline
Subject: out of area Cassowary kills man

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