Motorists are reminded to slow down and watch out for cassowary dads and their chicks when driving in tropical north Queensland during the festive season.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said at this time of year male cassowaries were teaching their chicks foraging skills.
“Like most wildlife, cassowaries move through the rainforest in search of food, and they will cross a road if it passes through their habitat,” Ms Enoch said.
“That does make them vulnerable to vehicle strike, particularly in areas like Mission Beach and Garners Beach where dense vegetation grows so close to the roadside.”
Ms Enoch said male cassowaries assumed the responsibilities of parenthood once the female had laid between three-to-five large, olive-green eggs, generally between June and October.
“The eggs are incubated by the male and, once they hatch, he’s the one who raises the chicks until they are able to fend for themselves,” she said.
“To see a cassowary in the wild is one of the great attractions for many visitors to the beautiful Cassowary Coast, but motorists need to be aware that they can emerge quite suddenly from the dense rainforest onto the road.”