There are more than 10,000 species of birds found all over the globe. They range in sizes, colors, and habitat. But do you know what is the largest in each bird ‘s order? This concise article answers your question.
The endangered Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), is the longest and largest overall parrot. A typical length for the Hyacinth Macaw is 1.2 m (4 ft) long and a weight of 2 kg (4.4 lb). However, the heaviest parrot is the nearly-extinct Kakapo (Strigops habroptila), which can weigh over 4 kg (8.8 lb) and about 60 cm (2 ft) long.
The largest species of sand grouse is the Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis), that can grow to about 15 in (39 cm) and can weigh up to 14.1–19.4 oz (400–550 g).
The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri), native to Antarctica is the largest and tallest of all extant penguin species. They stand almost 1.35 m (4.3 ft) tall and weigh 746 kg (102 lb). 0 to 90 lbs. (30 to 40 kg.). Emperor penguins can mate when they are 4 years old and can live to be 20 years of age.
The Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a large and powerful bird, and alongside the Blakiston’s Fish Owl (Bubo blakistoni) are considered the largest species of owls. It can measure up to 80 cm (32 in) long, can weigh about 4.5 kg (10 lb) and a wingspan of up to 138-200 cm (55-79 in). The largest owl known to have existed was Ornimegalonyx oteroi of Cuba, having measured over 1 m (3.3 ft) tall.
The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), is a spectacular bird of the trogon family. This species is 36 cm (14 in) long, with around 64 cm (25 in) of remarkable tail for male and weighs about 7 to 8 oz (200 to 225 g).
The Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator),is the largest species in this order. This bird can grow up to 1.82 m (6 ft), with a 3 m (10 ft) wingspan and a weight of 17.3 kg (38 lb). However, the heaviest waterfowl ever recorded was an overweight Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) from Poland, who weighed nearly 23 kg (50 lb).
Swifts & allies (Apodiformes)
The White-naped Swift (Streptoprocne semicollaris) is the largest species of the swift family in the New World. This bird found in western and central Mexico, can reach 20.5-25 cm (8.2-10 inches) long and can weigh up to 225 g (8 oz). The hummingbirds are also traditionally included in this order, the largest species of which is easily the Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas).
Nightjars & allies (Caprimulgiformes)
The largest species of this order is the Great Potoo (Nycitbius grandis),which occurs in tropical America is the largest species of this order. It can attain a maximum size of 48-60 cm (19-24 inches) long and 360-650 grams (12.7 oz-1.4 lb).
The ostrich (Struthio camelus) is largest species of the Struthioniformes, as well as the largest living bird today. It can reach a height of over 2.7 m (9 ft) and weighing over 156 kg (345 lb). It hold the record’s for the fastest land bird where it has the ability to run at speeds maximum of about 104 km/h (76 mph). Eggs laid by the Ostrich can weigh 1.4 kg (3 lb) and are the largest eggs in the world today.
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