photo by @christianziegler for @natgeo

A pair of Southern Cassowaries takes a bath in a rainforest creek during courtship. Cassowaries are rare flightless bird growing up to 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall, with a weight of up to 60 kg. They are solitary for most of the year, but male and female will spend 2 to 3 weeks each year for courtship and mating. Females then lay a clutch of 2 to 7 eggs, which are incubated by the male alone, for up to 60 days. 
The southern cassowary is an endangered species, with only around 1500 individuals left in the wild in Australia, due to habitat loss and fragmentation, road kill, and feral dogs and pigs. Cassowaries are called the 'gardeners of the rainforest', because several dozen tree species depend on this magnificent bird to have their seeds dispersed. This photo is an outtake from  upcoming story about Cassowaries in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine.
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