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This page lists books that are totally or partially about Cassowaries. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Casuariidae
Genus: Casuarius

Southern Cassowary
(Double-wattled Cassowary)
Casuarius casuarius

Dwarf Cassowary
(Bennett's Cassowary)
Casuarius bennetti

Northern Cassowary
(Single-wattled Cassowary)
Casuarius unappendiculatus


Ratites and Tinamous:Tinamidae, Rheidae, Dromaiidae, Casuariidae, Apterygidae, Struthionidae

Stephen Davies

Colour plates: Michael. J Bamford

Oxford University Press


336 pages, 12 colour plates, numerous maps and tables

"The book covers the evolution, biology and natural history of the group of flightless birds that includes ostriches, emus, cassowaries and kiwis - the Ratites and their relatives, the Tinamous. It reviews the scientific studies that have been made of their ecology, behaviour, physiology, husbandary, evolution, mythology and conservation. Each of the 55 species is described in detail, with maps of the present known distribution, accounts their food and nesting habits, calls, field identification, habitat and relationship with humans, including farming. It is the first such comprehensive account of the groups since 1877, and the first to bring together comprehensive information about the tinamous, little known birds of the America. It reviews the long debated subject of the evolution of these groups, highlighting new evidence that has turned many old theories on their head."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 1: Ostrich to Ducks

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


640 pages, 67 colour plates, 200 colour photos, 550 distribution maps.

"This volume covers: ostrich, rheas, cassowaries, emu, kiwis, tinamous, penguins, divers, grebes, albatrosses, petrels & shearwaters, storm- and diving-petrels, tropicbirds, pelicans, gannets & boobies, cormorants, darters, frigatebirds, herons, hamerkop, storks, shoebill, ibises and spoonbills, flamingos, screamers, ducks, geese and swans."

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A Monograph Of The Genus Casuarius

Walter Rosthchild

With a Dissertation on the Morphology and Phylogeny by W. P. Pycraft

Plates: J.G. Keulemans

Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, Vol. XV, Part V

Zoological Society of London


Opening lines: "The genus Casuarius is the typical genus of the group Casuarii of the Palaeognathae (Ratitae of former authors), and inhabits the Papuan subregion, i.e. New Guinea with the islands in Geelvink Bay, Salwatty, New Britain, the islands of the Aru group, Northern Queensland, and the island of Ceram in the Moluccas. The Cassowaries are evidently separable into a great many local forms, apart from the few very distinct good species; but owing to their large size, to the uncertainty about the localities of the living specimens that are brought to Europe, and to the disappearance after death of the most characteristic coloration and structure of the bare skin on the head and neck, our knowledge of the species is doubtless still limited. The material which I have been able to study is very large compared with that available in most Museums. For several years I have tried to procure a great number of living specimens and of skins as well, and I have been able to place numerous fresh bodies and skeletons before Mr. Pycraft, whose appended paper will, I trust, be of great value for the study of the anatomy of the Palaeognathae."

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Catalogue Of The Chenomorphae, Crypturi and Ratitae In The Collection Of The British Museum

Catalogue Of The Birds In The British Museum, Volume XXVII

T. Salvadori

19 colour plates: J. Smit, J.G. Keulemans

Printed By Order Of The Trustees

Sold by: Longman & Co.; B. Quaritch; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.; and at the British Museum (Natural History)



"The numbers of the species of Birds treated of in this Volume, and of the specimens at present in the Collection, are as follows: Chenomorphae, 205; Crypturi, 65; Ratitae. 26. In none of the preceding volumes has the number of desiderata been so small as in the present; only eight species of the Anseres, seven of the Tinamous, and four of the Ratitae being entirely unrepresented by specimens in the Museum. Beside the 67 types of recognized species, the Collection contains 25 other typical specimens which are now regarded as referable to species previously named and described. The unrivalled collection of Tinamous formed by Messrs. Godman and Salvin, and supplemented by the loan of numerous specimens from Continental Museums, has enabled the author to discriminate considerably more species than his predecessors were inclined to admit. The Hon. Walter Rothschild, whose collection of Apteryx far surpasses that in the British Museum, has given most valuable assistance in the preparation of this Catalogue by lending these as well as other specimens to the author. The present volume concludes the series of the 'Catalogue of Birds.' Thanks to the energy with which Count Salvadori has applied himself to the work, its publication precedes that of Volumes 24, 25, and 26. However, it will be followed immediately by Volume 25, which contains the Gulls and Petrels, while it is a matter of regret that no such prospect can be held out as regards the other two volumes. In a final volume it is intended to give a supplementary list of the species described since the publication of the several volumes, and an Index to the whole work."
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Last updated January 2014