Cassowaries and emu
These heavily built, flightless birds have coarse plumage, but the head and neck are virtually featherless. The young are longitudinally striped. There are two families.
Cassowaries: 3 species
Found in forests from New Guinea to northern Australia, the cassowaries have a large bony crest on the forehead, possibly used to fend off obstructions as they run through the undergrowth, and a spike-like inner toe. The skin of the head and the neck is blue or purple.
There is one species: the emu Dromaius novaehollandiae - found on the Australian plains. It has no crest, and the head and neck are feathered except for a blue spot on each side. It has brown and yellow stripes as a chick and deep brown plumage when adult.
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