Some of the most amazing birds come in all kinds of shapes and
Birds have the ability to fly unlike many other creatures and they even migrate to different places. There are birds that can be found right from the North Pole to the South Pole and you can find some unique characteristics in each of these different bird species.
Here we discuss some of the biggest birds in the world and learn about what makes them so special and different from each other.
Albatross are native birds that belong to the North Pacific region and the Southern Ocean and they are said to have the largest wingspan among most of the species, measuring about 11 feet. With over 24 different species of Albatross, Wandering Albatross is considered to be the biggest among them with a weight of 12 kgs.
These birds mainly feed on squids and tiny fishes and quench their thirst by drinking plenty of salt water. They prefer to live in colonies across remote islands at the time of breeding and are known to produce only a single egg during mating. The small albatross starts flying in just a few months after they are born.
9. Mute Swans
This is a huge water bird that can weigh anywhere between 12 to 13 kgs and is a native European bird. It can grow to almost 5 feet and their wingspan is about 8 ft is length with an “S” shaped neck. Mute Swans are pretty intelligent and at the same time, they are quite aggressive by nature. They usually feed on insects, small fishes and other forms of vegetation found in the waters.
8. Dalmatian Pelican
Dalmatian Pelicans are natives that come from the South Asia and Europe region and they are one of the oldest and largest flying birds in the world. They usually resemble white pelicans but they are usually larger than these species. The length of this bird can be up to 6 ft and they can weigh anywhere between 12 to 14 kgs. Their wingspan is about 9 ft.
The length of their bills can be up to 18 inches, which is among the second largest in the world.
7. Andean Condor
These belong to the vulture family and can be found along the South American coast and the Andes Mountains. Andean Condor can weigh up to 15 kgs and its height can reach as high as 1.2 meters along their massive wingspan of 10 ft assists them with their unique flying capabilities.
Like most vultures, these birds are often found having dead bodies of wild and domestic animals around them. These endangered species have a lifespan of around 75 years and their reproduction activity is pretty slow as compared to other birds.
6. Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard is native to both Australia and Africa and has a massive weight of around 20 kgs. They are known to be among the largest flying birds in the world and the male bustard is 2 times heavier than its females. Their wingspan has a length of about 9 ft.
They mainly feed on insects such as lizards, snakes including fruits and berries and these birds drink water by making a sucking motion.
5. Greater Rhea
This is a flightless bird which is native to South America and considered to be one of the largest birds in this region. Their feet weighs anywhere between 35 to 40 kgs and their wings help them to balance the body while moving or assist them during running. Greater Rhea feeds mainly on plants, fruits, seeds along with insects, lizards, and other small birds.
They have strong and powerful long legs that are used for attacking or defending themselves against dangers. The females can lay up to 50 eggs in a single nest at a time.
4. Emperor Penguin
Emperor Penguins can be only found in the Antarctic region and they are one of the tallest and heaviest penguin species. They have a height of 45 inches and can weigh as much as 45 kgs. These birds are simply amazing and can travel up to 80 km just in search of their food and also dive up to 1500 feet of depth.
They mainly feed on fishes, squids and krills and one of the remarkable characteristics observed in these species is that the male penguins take care of the new eggs laid down by the females. They can go without food for over 2 months and the females wander in search of food in the oceans.
Emu is yet another flightless bird that is a native to Australia and it has a massive body which weighs up to 60 kgs and it stands tall at 6 feet. They can be usually found in the woodlands of Savanna or among the forests in Australia. Emu has strong and powerful legs that allow them to run a speed of 50 km/hr and they mainly feed on lizards, insects, fruits, plants, seeds etc.
Their breeding season is generally during the winter and their eggs are dark green in color which can weigh up to 1 pound.
2. Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary can be found in the tropical rain forests of Australia and Indonesia and they are the second biggest birds in the world. They are dark in color and can weigh anywhere between 75-80 kgs and their height is about 5.1 ft. The length of their bills can be up to 7.5 inches. They have a three toe legs which are quite strong and powerful. Southern Cassowary can run up to speed of 30 miles per hour.
They mainly feed on insects, grass, fungus and they usually lay up to 8-10 large and dark eggs.
Ostrich is among the largest species of birds in the world that can weigh up to 150 kgs and stands tall at 6 ft. They also have the record of the fastest speeds among any living birds in the world and can run up to 70 km per hour. These flightless and biggest birds in the world are natives that belong to Africa.
They can hold up to 1.3 kgs of pebbles and sand using their gigerium and can go without water for several days.