The southern cassowary has been added to the list of 20 birds which are identified as a priority for conservation under the Australian Threatened Species Strategy.
In July 2015 the strategy set out the Australian Government’s plans for action to protect and recover Australia’s threatened animals and plants. It included commitments to improve the trajectories of 20 threatened birds and 20 threatened mammals by 2020. Twelve birds and twelve mammals were identified at the launch of the strategy.
On 22 January 2016 the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the remaining eight birds and eight mammals, including the southern cassowary and mahogany glider from the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
These additional 16 threatened species were identified through expert input and consultation with the scientific community, and through consideration against the Principles for Prioritisation in the Threatened Species Strategy.
You can download a copy of the factsheet for 20 birds by 2020 here. It includes short summaries about the eight birds recently added as priorities for conservation.