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Urist likes cassowaries for their casques.


Cassowary - Cassowary man - Giant cassowary

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 100

· Egglaying · Exotic pet · Breeding

Not trainable 

Birth: 500 cm3
Mid: 25,000 cm3
Max: 50,000 cm3
Food products
Eggs 3-6
Adult at: 1
Max age: 40-50
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 14
Fat 13
Brain 1
Heart 1
Lungs 2
Intestines 1
Liver 1
Kidneys 2
Tripe 1
Sweetbread 1
Spleen 1

Raw materials

Bones 19
Skull 1
Skin Raw hide

Wikipedia article

This article is about an older version of DF.
A small, flightless, brightly-colored bird.
Admired for their casques.

Although described as small in Dwarf Fortress, cassowaries rank among the largest flightless birds on earth, outsized only by ostriches and emus. Though benign, they can cause lethal damage to the average dwarf with a well-aimed kick. Coming into contact with these creatures in Dwarf Fortress will cause job cancellations. They can be tamed and bred, but there are better options. Some dwarves admire them for their casques (helmet-like protrusions).

In real life[edit]

The only documented human death by a cassowary happened on April 6, 1926. 16-year-old Phillip McClean and his brother, aged 13, came across a cassowary on their property and decided to try to kill it by striking it with clubs. The bird kicked the younger boy, who fell and ran away as his older brother struck the bird. The cassowary then charged, knocked the older brother to the ground, and kicked him, opening a wound in his neck which may have severed an artery. The boy managed to escape, but died shortly afterwards as a result of his injuries. [1]