This list is based on[1].

Heaviest bird

Common Ostrich at 156 kg (345 lb)[1][2].

Tallest bird

Common Ostrich at 2.7 m (9 ft)[1][2].

Largest extinct bird

Dromornis stirtoni of Australia at 454 kg (1,000 lb) and 3 m (10 ft)[1][3].

Tallest extinct bird

South Island Giant Moa and North Island Giant Moas of New Zealand at 3.7 m (12 ft)[1][4]

Greatest wingspan

(Possibly seabirds as well) Wandering Albatross at up to 3.63 m (11 ft 11 in)[1][2].


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Amazing Birds Records". Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  3. ^ Murray, P. F. Vickers-Rich, P. (2004) Magnificent Mihirungs: The Colossal Flightless Birds of the Australian Dreamtime. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34282-9.
  4. ^ Davies, S.J.J.F. (2003). "Moas". In Hutchins, Michael. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. 8 Birds I Tinamous and Ratites to Hoatzins (2 ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group. pp. 95–98. ISBN 0-7876-5784-0. 
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