Temporal range: late Miocene, 8–6 mya
|Reconstruction of A. magnificens|
Incertae sedis (disputed)
Campbell & Tonni, 1980
Argentavis magnificens is one of the two largest flying birds ever discovered. This bird, sometimes called the Giant Teratorn, is an extinct species known from three sites from the late Miocene of central and northwestern Argentina, where a good sample of fossils have been obtained.
Currently accepted estimates:
- Wingspan: approximately 7 m (23 ft)
- Wing area: 8.11 m² (87.3 ft²)
- Wing loading: 84.6 N/m²
- Body Length: 1.26 m (4.1 ft)
- Height: 1.7–2 m (5.6–6.6 ft)[source?]
- Mass: 70–78 kg (154–171.6 lb)
References[change | change source]
- The other is Pelagornis.
- Ancient American bird was glider. BBC, 2007-JUL-02. Retrieved 2008-JAN-14
- Chatterjee S; Templin R.J. & Campbell K.E. 2007. "The aerodynamics of Argentavis, the world's largest flying bird from the Miocene of Argentina". PNAS 104 (30): 12398–12403. doi:10.1073/pnas.0702040104. PMC 1906724. PMID 17609382.
- Teratorns. Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County.