The world is full of an amazingly wide variety of bird species distributed all over. Ranging from different sizes, colors, patterns to varied habitats this mesmerizing species is worth watching. There are so many largest birds in the world with the biggest wingspan, largest flying birds, etc. In fact, most of these largest birds are flightless. So here is a list of the top 10 largest birds of the world,

Largest Birds Of The World

1.Common Ostrich

Accredited as the largest African living bird species on the planet Earth, the common ostrich is a flightless bird listed in long neck animal species primarily native to Africa. Weighing up to 150 kilograms and a maximum height of about 6 feet, common ostriches held the record for being the fastest bird on land with a maximum speed of 70 km per hour. Also, ostriches lay the largest egg of any living bird species and hence are listed as one of the biggest animals in the world. They mainly feed on seeds, shrubs, fruits flowers, and small insects who also live without water for several days.

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Common Ostrich
Common Ostrich

2.Southern Cassowary

Accredited as the second-largest bird in the world, Southern Cassowary is the largest flightless bird measuring about 5.1 feet and weighing up to 8 kilograms. Southern Cassowary is primarily native to the tropical rainforest of Indonesia and Australia. Also, it is a flightless bird but can run at a speed of 30 mph. Southern Cassowary has long bills of about 7.5 inches and has very sturdy and thick legs. Moreover, they feed on a variety of insects, grass, fungus, etc.

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Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary

3.Emu

Emu’s are one of the largest bird species of the world and also the largest flightless bird of Australia with a length of about 6 feet and weighing up to 60 kilograms. Emu’s generally have long legs that help them to run at a speed of about 50 km per hour. They are commonly found inhabiting the savannas, Woodlands, and other forest ranges of Australia primary feed on
plants, seeds, fruits, insects, etc. It is interesting to note that emus also swallow pebbles for grilling the food they eat.

Emu

4.Emperor penguin

Commonly found only in the majestic continent of Antarctica, the emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest type of penguin living species with a weight of about 45 kg and a maximum height of 45 inches. Emperor Penguins are one of the amazing bird species that can dive up to a depth of 1500 feet and can travel up to 80 km in search of food. Emperor penguins spend their entire lives on Antarctic ice and in its water and basically feed on fishes, krills, and squids.

Emperor penguin
Emperor penguin

5.Greater Rhea

Greater Rhea is the largest flightless bird of South America bring up to 27 kg and a height of about 4 feet. Greater Rhea is commonly found inhabiting the grasslands and wetlands of South America. They have large wings that help them to balance their body while moving and also to change direction while running. Also, just like an ostrich, they have powerful long legs that help them to defeat enemies and threats. Greater Rhea primary feeds on insects, lizards, and small birds.

Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea

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6.Kori Bustard

Accredited as the largest flying bird in the world, Kori Bustard is primarily native to Africa. Weighing upto 20 kgs and a height of about 4 feet, Kori Bustard is along with Bird with a wingspan of up to 9 feet. Also, it is interesting to note that, unlike other birds, Kori Bustard drinks water by sucking motion and spends most of their time on land usually in search for insects in grasslands as they primarily feed on insects as their main food and also lizards, snakes, seeds, berries, etc.

Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard

7.Andean Condor

Andean Condor is one of the largest birds of prey in the world, belonging to the vulture family. Andean Condor can grow up to a height of about and can weigh up to 15 kg. Also, they have a wingspan of about 10 feet that helps them to make their flight with their Massive body. Also, the Andean Condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan and is commonly found in the Andes mountains and Pacific coast of South America. Andean Condors basically feed on the dead bodies of other animals like all other vultures. They also feed on dead fishes and can live for about 75 years.

Andean Condor
Andean Condor

8.Dalmatian Pelican

Primarily native to Europe and South Asia, Dalmatian Pelican is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world that can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh up to 14 kg. It has a wingspan of 9 feet. It is the largest member of the Pelican family and also the world’s largest freshwater bird. Dalmatian Pelican is elegant soaring bird species that has curly nape feathers, grey legs, and greyish white plumage. Also, Dalmatian Pelican is distributed across the Indian subcontinent and mainly feeds on fish. It can eat up to 2 kg of fish per day.

Dalmatian Pelican
Dalmatian Pelican

9.Mute Swan

Mute Swan is one of the most beautiful bird species many native to European countries. Also, Mute Swan is a large waterbird that can grow up to 5 feet long and weigh up to 13 kg. Mute Swans are popularly known for their intelligence and also their majestic S-shaped neck. This long neck helps them to find food quickly under the water surface as they mainly feed on aquatic vegetation and small fish. It is interesting to note that Mute Swans always remember who gives them care but sometimes they do become a little aggressive.

Mute Swan
Mute Swan

10.Albatross

Albatross is a large and beautiful bird species commonly found in the Southern and North Pacific Oceans. This majestic bird species has the largest wingspan of any Bird and can reach up to a maximum height of 11 feet. There are 24 different species of albatross found across the globe. An albatross is a large, magnificent seabird capable of Soaring incredible distances without rest. Also, Albatross generally spend their time gliding in ocean waves and floating on ocean surfaces. Also, albatross mostly feed on small fishes, squids and drink a lot of salty water.

Albatross
Albatross

These are the largest birds in the world. Kindly share and do post your comments.

By Amreen Fatima

Amreen fatima is a Nature lover and has taken nature writing hobbyist for years. She also loves feeding and photographing animals of all types.

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