Report a Cassowary sighting and/or Casso Poo

The Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) is in crisis. Current estimates suggest less than 1500 birds exist in the wild. A number of factors are contributing to the birds demise, but habitat loss is probably the greatest.

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Southern Cassowary male, Dad, crossing a creek at Kuranda after heavy rain. Photo Lorraine Harris

If you report a  cassowary this will help researchers. It will also help if you can report sightings of  cassowary scats/droppings/stools (we usually just call it poo), as this is more frequently observed than the birds.

Collecting this information will enable the development of an evidence-based management recovery plan. Help preserve cassowaries by contacting us.

Please tell us as much as you about the location. GPS co-ordinates are great but not essential. A description of the location can include for example, the name of the track (if there is one) or from which road the track starts; the name of the road, the distance along the road from a town, a creek, or a junction (e.g., Smithfield roundabout); or the number on an adjacent electricity pole.

Southern cassowary scat, poo, dung, droppings

Cassowary scat

The information you provide is not made public, i.e., your name/alias, email or details regarding the specific location of the cassowaries. The data is collated in a database for research purposes.

 Please provide as much of  the following information as you can,  in the text box of the contact form below, but any information is of great help.

Report a Cassowary sighting

  • Your name or ID
  • Email (and contact phone number if you wish)
  • Date of sighting
  • Time
  • Location
  • Description of bird/s (adult/sub adult/juvenile/chick and male or female (if known). Males have a drooping ‘tail’ of feathers, females do not – it is often hard to tell though
  • Description of poo (wet, dry, diameter)
  • Please let us know if you have photos or send to us by email HERE
  • Any other information you think might be useful, e.g. do you see the birds often, were they doing something interesting, e.g. eating a particular fruit, running.