16 Largest Birds Of The World By Body Weight

Albatross
Albatross

The world is full of an amazingly wide variety of bird species distributed all over. Ranging from different sizes, colors, and patterns to varied habitats this mesmerizing species is worth watching. There are so many largest birds in the world by body weight. In fact, most of these largest birds are flightless. So here is a list of the top 16 largest birds of the world,

Largest Birds Of The World

1. Common Ostrich- (Wieght- upto 156.8 kg / 346 lb)

Accredited as the largest African living bird species on the planet Earth, the common ostrich is a flightless bird listed as 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. It is also listed as one of the most amazing desert birds in the world.

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Common Ostrich
Common Ostrich

2. Somali Ostrich- (Wieght- upto 156.8 kg / 346 lb)

The Somali Ostrich scientifically known as Struthio molybdophanes is again a flightless bird native to Africa. It is also known as the blue-necked ostrich and was previously considered the subspecies of the common ostrich. Talking about the appearance, it looks similar to a common ostrich, howvever, the skin and the neck along with thighs are blue in color.

The males are larger than the females. Somali Ostriches are mostly seen in the regions of north-eastern Ethiopia, southern Djibouti, most of Kenya, and across most of Somalia. The avarage lifespan of bird species is 50 and 75 years in the wild.

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Somali Ostrich
Somali Ostrich

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3. Southern Cassowary- (Wieght- up to 83 kg / 183 lb)

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

4. Northern Cassowary- (Wieght- up to 70 kg / 154 lb)

The Northern cassowary scientifically known as Casuarius unappendiculatus is a flightless bird seen in northern New Guinea. . It is also known as the one-wattled cassowary, single-wattled cassowary, or golden-necked cassowary and is the third species of cassowary followed by the dwarf cassowary and the southern cassowary.

Talking about the appearance, it has blue facial skin and a unique casque on top of the head. The neck is brightly colored red and wattle. It can grow upto 149 cm (4.89 ft) long and stand 1.5–1.8 m (4.9–5.9 ft) in height. The average lifespan of wild cassowaries is around 40 to 50 years in the wild.

Northern Cassowary
Northern Cassowary

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5. Emu- (Wieght- upto 60 kg / 99 lb)

Emu’s are one of the largest bird species in the world and also the largest flightless bird in 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 and primarily feed on plants, seeds, fruits, insects, etc making it one of the most popular grassland animals in the world. It is interesting to note that emus also swallow pebbles for grilling the food they eat.

Emu

6. Emperor penguin- (Wieght- up to 45 kg / 99 lb)

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.

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Emperor penguin
Emperor penguin

7. Greater Rhea- (Wieght- upto 40 kg / 88 lb)

Greater Rhea is the largest flightless bird in South America bringing 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 change direction while running. Also, just like an ostrich, they have powerful long legs that help them to defeat enemies and threats. Greater Rhea primarily feeds on insects, lizards, and small birds.

Greater Rhea
Greater Rhea

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8. Domesticated Turkey- (Wieght- upto 39 kg / 86 lb)

The Domestic turkey scientifically known as Meleagris gallopavo domesticus is one of the largest birds and is believed to have been domesticated 2,000 years ago in central Mesoamerica. The female species of Domestic turkeys are known as hens and the chicks are poults or turkeylings.

The male species has different names in different countries in Canada and the United States, they are known as toms and in the United Kingdom and Ireland, they are known as stags. The domestic turkey is the eighth largest living bird species in terms of maximum mass at 39 kg (86 lbs). The avarage lifespan of the Domestic turkey is 10 years in the wild.

Domesticated Turkey
Domesticated Turkey

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9. Darwin’s rhea (Wieght- upto 28.6 kg / 63 lb)

Darwin’s rhea scientifically known as Rhea pennata is a flightless bird mostly seen in the regions of the Altiplano and Patagonia in South America. It is also known as the lesser rhea and eating behavior is a herbivore, however, occasionally they are seen feeding on small animals such as lizards, beetles, and grasshoppers.

The bird species can grow up to 90 to 100 cm (35–39 in) tall and a total length of 92 to 100 cm (36–39 in). The avarage weight of the species is 15 to 28.6 kg. The avarage lifespan of the bird species is 10.5 years in the wild.

Darwin’s rhea
Darwin’s rhea

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10. Dwarf cassowary (Wieght- upto 26 kg / 57 lb)

The Dwarf cassowary scientifically known as Casuarius bennetti is the smallest species of cassowaries. It is also known as Bennett’s cassowary, little cassowary, mountain cassowary, or mooruk mostly seen in the regions of New Guinea, New Britain, and Yapen Island.

It can grow upto 99 and 150 cm (3.25 and 4.92 ft) long and its avarage wieght is between 17.6 and 26 kg (39 and 57 lb). The Dwarf cassowary was first identified by John Gould from a specimen from New Britain, in 1857. The avarage lifespan is up to 60 years in the wild.

Dwarf cassowary
Dwarf cassowary

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11. King penguin (Wieght- upto 18+ kg / 40+ lb)

The King penguin scientifically known as Aptenodytes patagonicus primarily feeds on lanternfish, squid, and krill. This is the second-largest species of penguin that looks similar to the emperor penguin. The penguin species loves to breed on the Subantarctic islands in the northern reaches of Antarctica, South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. The avarage lifespan of King penguins is 26 years in the wild and 41 years in captivity.

King penguin
King penguin

12. Kori Bustard (Wieght- upto 18 kg / 40 lb)

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 of insects in grasslands as they primarily feed on insects as their main food and also lizards, snakes, seeds, berries, etc.

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Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard

13. Trumpeter swan (Wieght- up to 17.2 kg /38 lb)

The trumpeter swan scientifically known as Cygnus buccinator is a species of swan seen in North America. This is also listed as the heaviest bird in North America with a total wingspan of 185 to 250 cm (6 ft 2 in to 8 ft 2 in).

The closest relative of the bird species is the whooper swan and considered almost the same species by the authorities. Mute swans are popular as one of the most graceful animals in the world. The avarage lifespan of a Trumpeter swan is around 20 years in the wild. Swans are also listed as one of the calmest animals in the world.

Trumpeter swan
Trumpeter swan

14. Andean Condor (Wieght- upto 15 kg / 33 lb)

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 which 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

15. Dalmatian pelican (Wieght- upto 15 kg / 33 lb)

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

16. Mute Swan (Wieght- upto 12 kg / 26 lb)

The 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

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