Cassowary calls

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Subject: Cassowary calls
From: Sue & Phil Gregory <>
Date: 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.
Phil Gregory

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