There are some extra-large birds discovered in the world which are really too big, beyond your imagination. Thar’s why we have come up with the idea of showing you the top 15 largest birds in the world (according to their body weight).
Birds are actually coming from one out of six basic animal groups, along with the others living amphibians, invertebrates, fish, reptiles, and mammals. However, they are endothermic vertebrates, which are actually characterized by toothless beaked jaws, feathers, as well as having a high metabolic rate, lightweight, and a four-chambered heart with a strong skeleton.
Furthermore, their reproduction system starts by laying hard-shelled eggs (whereas, such eggs actually fertilize inside the female). Although, according to the fossil record, that also indicates these birds are one of the last surviving groups stays in the world after dinosaurs. That’s why they are sometimes termed avian dinosaurs.
Well, here we have come up with the top 15 largest birds which are really very big in their size and body, so let’s have a look at them…
Largest Birds in the World
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Watch out these big birds now and enjoy the worth of reading ahead…
Dalmatian pelican (up to 15 kg / 33 lb)
The Dalmatian pelican (also known as PelecanusCrispus) is considered the world’s heaviest of weight flying bird species. Whereas, the bird actually gives us the measurement of around 160 to 183 cm (that would be around 5 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 0 inches) in a total of its length.
Although, it contains the overall weight of around 7.25–15 kg (16.0–33.1 lb) and in wingspan would be 290–345 cm (9 ft 6 in–11 ft 4 in). This bird breeds from the places of southeastern Europe to India and even China.
Andean condor (up to 15 kg / 33 lb)
Andean condor (Vulturgryphus) would have come with the bodyweight of around 11 to 15 kg (24 to 33 lb) refers to males, and for females, it would be around 8 to 11 kg (18 to 24 lb). The overall length of this bird has come in between the range of 100 to 130 cm (whereas 3 feet 3 inches to 4 feet 3 inches).
Furthermore, this bird also contains a very large size of wingspan, which would be for up to 3.3 m (10 ft 10 in), and it can exceed as well.
Trumpeter swan (up to 17.2 kg /38 lb)
Trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) has known as one of the heaviest birds ever that comes in the flying bird species found in the world. However, they are endemic to North America, and of course, the living heaviest birds in there.
These birds also have a very large sort of wingspan, that can be easily exceeded to 3 meters (10 feet). Whereas, the largest known trumpeter male category attained an overall length of around 183 cm (6 ft 0 in), therefore, a wingspan of up to 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in) and with a weight of around 17.2 kg (38 lb). Read also Most Dangerous Birds
Great bustard and Kori bustard (up to 18 kg / 40 lb)
Great bustard and Kori bustard (comes up with the weight of around to 18 kg / 40 lb), one of the heaviest living bird in the flying animal category. The Great bustard (Otis tarda) and Kori bustard are known for the heaviest flying bird found in the world.
Although, the Great bustard can easily be found in the places of the central/south Europa and temperate Asia. A male category is considered with a length of around 90-105cm (whereas 2ft 11 in to 3 ft 5 in) tall. However, their females are way too smaller than males.
King penguin (up to 18+ kg / 40+ lb)
The normal weight of these King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is very much alike or even just slightly higher as compared to that of the largest flying birds, the Great bustard, and the Kori bustard.
However, they give us a total length of around 70 to 100 cm (28 to 39 in) tall and as well as, their overall weighs starts from 9.3 to 18 kg (21 to 40 lb). Though, according to a study, their males are even larger as compared to their females. Whereas, they considered the second-largest species comes under penguin (therefore, the first largest is the Emperor penguin).
Dwarf cassowary (up to 26 kg / 57 lb)
The dwarf cassowary (Casuariusbennetti) comes with the overall length of between 99 and 150 cm (3.25 and 4.92 ft) and as well as, it contains the weighs among 17.6 and 26 kg (39 and 57 lb).
Although, it is being distributed everywhere the area of mountain forests of New Guinea, Yapen Island, and New Britain, at heights of up to 3,300 m (10,800 ft).
Darwin’s rhea (up to 28.6 kg / 63 lb)
Darwin’s rhea (Rhea pennata), which is also known as with the name of lesser rhea attains at 90 to 100 cm (35–39 in) tall. The bird also measures with a length of around 92 to 100 cm (36–39 in) and the overall weight of around 15 to 28.6 kg (33–63 lb).
However, the bird can be found in the place of Altiplano, and they considered as one of the heaviest and largest birds species in the world.
Domesticated Turkey (up to 39 kg / 86 lb)
The domesticated turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) was actually domesticated in the region of the central Mesoamerica for about to at least 2,000 years ago.
However, their English name is, “turkey” which is the effect of an early misidentification of that bird along with a separate species that was actually going to be imported to Europe within the country of Turkey. Also, they can easily grow for up to 39 kg (86 lbs).
Greater rhea (up to 40 kg / 88 lb)
This category of bird measures out with the weight of around 20–40 kilograms (44–88 lb), whereas, the greater rhea (Rhea americana) is considered one of the largest birds in the world that can be found easily on the American continent.
They have the strongest powerful legs, which actually allow them to go further and run for up to 35 mph (56 km/h). Although, the greater rhea is basically endemic to Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and as well as Uruguay.
Emperor penguin (up to 45 kg / 99 lb)
The emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is basically endemic to Antarctica. They can further-reaching 130 cm (51 in) in height, and of course, they contain the weighing of around 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lb); they are the tallest and yet very heaviest species of penguin living in the world.
However, both male and female emperor penguins are actually very similar to each other in both plumage and size.
Emu (up to 60 kg / 99 lb)
The emu (Dromaiusnovaehollandiae) has come in the list as the second-largest living bird according to the height (the largest one basically is the ostrich, relative of an emu).
Although, the emu can able to further reach for up to 1.9 meters (6.2 ft). Emus contain the overall weigh in between the range of 18 and 60 kg (40 and 132 lb). Their females are larger as compared to males. They can even sprint at speeds of around 48 km/h (30 mph).
Northern Cassowary (up to 70 kg / 154 lb)
The Northern cassowary (Casuariusunappendiculatus) is actually looking like a large and bulky bird endemic to northern New Guinea. Their females contain the overall weight of up to 70 kg (154 lb), whereas their average weight would be around 58 kg (128 lb).
Though, their males are actually smaller in size. Despite its stocky type of build, a Northern cassowary can easily be able to sprint for up to 50 kilometers per hour (as well as 31 miles per hour).
Southern cassowary (up to 83 kg / 183 lb)
The southern cassowary (Casuariuscasuarius) can be found in the places of tropical rain forests of Indonesia, northeastern Australia, and New Guinea, and it prefers heights under 1,100 m (3,600 ft) in Australia and as well as 500 m (1,600 ft) on New Guinea.
In general, this bird comes with the ranges from 127 to 170 cm (50-67 in) tall and contains the overall weight of around 36 to 50 kg (males), and their females have a weight of around 68 kg.
Somali ostrich (up to 130 kg / 287 lb)
This is actually the second-largest living category bird in the world, Somali ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes) is considered the kind of large flightless bird endemic to the Horn of Africa, particularly in north-eastern Ethiopia and over to all of Somalia.
It was previously studied as a subspecies of the familiar ostrich; thus, it was first identified as a different species in 2014. A male category of Somali ostrich contains an overall weight of up to 130 kg / 287 lb.
Ostrich (up to 156.8 kg / 346 lb)
Here comes the most common bird ever, ostrich, the ostrich, basically considered one of the largest living birds in the world. It is endemic to Africa.
Well, ostrich usually weighs in between around 63 to 145 kilograms (139–320 lb), or in simple words, they can be measured as two adult humans. Rare male ostriches contain a weigh of up to 156.8 kg (346 lb).
So, these are the top 15 largest birds in the world, which are still very common to see in some areas, and some of them are still very unknown to many of us.