Aepyornis

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Aeyornis
Temporal range: Quaternary
Aepyornis maximus.jpg
Aepyornis maximus skeleton and egg
Extinct  (1000 AD)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
Order:
Aepyornithiformes

Family:
Aepyornithidae

(Bonaparte, 1853)[1]
Genus:
Aepyornis

Species

Aepyornis hildebrandti
Burckhardt 1893[1]
Aepyornis maximus
I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1851[1]

Aepyornis map.jpg
Map of Madagascar showing where A. hildebrandti (b) and A. maximus (c) specimens have been found

Aepyornis is an Elephant bird, one of three genera of ratite birds endemic to Madagascar until their extinction about 1000 A.D. The species "A". maximus weighed up to 540 kilograms (1,200 lb), and until recently was regarded as the largest known bird of all time. However, in 2018 the largest Aepyornis specis, weighing up to 730 kilograms (1,600 lb), was moved to the related genus Vorombe.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brands, S. (2008)
  2. Hansford, J. P.; Turvey, S. T. (2018-09-26). "Unexpected diversity within the extinct elephant birds (Aves: Aepyornithidae) and a new identity for the world's largest bird". Royal Society Open Science 5 (9): 181295. doi:10.1098/rsos.181295.