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Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Sat, 3 Mar 2007 13:55:33 +1000
Just watching the male Cassowary with his 3 chicks (first came Oct 29
06) here in the garden at Cassowary House. Two of them got out of
sight round the corner of the house and started giving the shrill
rising "peeEEP," alarm call, which was answered by the male with an
odd deep growling "urrrrrr" note, not very far carrying but audible
to the chicks who were within 20m but out of line of sight.
The shrill alarm of the chicks is very effective in reuniting the
family when they get split up and certainly seems to get the males
attention when he is within earshot of it. Food supplies in the
forest here are much better this year, recovering well after the
battering from cyclones in 2006 which stripped the trees for months.
Sadly last winter our two large chicks from Oct. 2005 went missing,
presumed dead after a very wet and cold night, after coming here
daily for days on end.
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