There are so many birds living in earth and are of different sizes and weights. In this article, I am taking you through largest and heaviest birds on earth. Top ten of them are studied below.
List of Top 10 Largest And Heaviest Living Birds in The World in 2017
10. Wandering Albatross
Wandering Albatross is a very large and beautiful bird found in southern and northern part of great Pacific Ocean. Albatross are of 24 species in total and all of them weight up to 12kgs in each. Its wing is so larges compared to other birds’ wings on earth. One may wonder what this bird feeds on since it is so big. I got a solution for your questions. Wandering Albatross eat small fishes, squids and takes a lot of water in a single day. Despite of its heavy weight, this bird spend much of its time floating on deep waters of Pacific Ocean.
9. Mute Swan
Mute Swan is another heavy and large bird on earth that grows up to 5 feet and weighs approximately 12 to 15 kilograms at most. Mostly, they are found in European countries. Some of them can even grow to 8 feet depending on age. Swan can be described with its long neck that helps it a lot in finding food in water. It normally feeds on vegetation, small sized fish or fingerings and insects. Research shows that this bird is intelligent and aggressive to a point of remembering when take care of. They can eve spot that person who took care of them.
8. Dalmatian Pelican
Dalmatian pelican is found in Europe and south Asia. This bird is old and heavy measuring 6 feet and weighs about 12 to 14 kilograms. Adults can go to an extent of measuring 9 feet. You might find yourself confusing this bird with great white Pelican. Both of them share many unique features but Dalmatian is relatively larger. Fish is its main food and can eat up to 2 kilograms of fish such as European perch, Eels and catfish.
7. Andean Condor
This bird is a member of Vulture family that is very common among many people. it is found in Andes mountains and south American coasts. Andean Condor can grow up to a height of 1.2 meters and with a weight of 15 kilograms. Just like other birds of vulture family, Andean feeds on dead bodies of animals. These animals can be both domestic and wild. When there is no sufficient meat of dead body, Andean can feed on dead fish eggs of other birds. Its lifespan goes up to 75 years.
6. Kori Bustard
Kori Bustard is a popular bird among Africans that weighs up to 20 kilograms. It is the largest flying bird in whole world. It is one amongst the Top 10 Largest And Heaviest Living Birds in The World 2017. Male species is double heavier than female. Unlike other birds that drink water in a normal way, Kori takes water by sucking motion. Most of its diet includes Lizards, berries, snakes, seeds, berries and even fish. Much of its time is spent on searching for insects and other kings of prey for food. Other than that, this bird can fly at a very high speed despite fact that it is very heavy compared to all other species discussed above.
5. Great Rhea
Great Rhea is largest bird in South America with a body length of between 5 feet and 6 feet. It can weigh up to 27 kilograms with its wings being heaviest part. These wings are only useful in balancing their movements but cannot help them in flying to due to heavyweight. They also help them in changing direction when running. You can only find this bird in wetlands and grass where it keeps searching for small birds, lizards and even insects. Female species can lay more than 50 eggs in its nest.
4. Emperor Penguin
On our fourth position, we have Emperor Penguin that is found in Antarctica and is said to be tallest and heaviest among all other bird. This bird grows up to a height of 45 inches and 45 kilograms of weight. It does many movements with an aim of looking for food and water. Emperor Penguin can cover a distance of 80 kilometers looking for Krill, Squids and fishes for food. Female Penguins lay many eggs while male are to take care of them. This is an interesting bird; it carries food in belly and then vomits for young ones.
Emu bird contributes to this list of heaviest and largest bird living on earth. This bird is mostly seen in Australia and holds a title of largest Flightless bird. It can weigh up to 60 kilograms with a height of 6 to 8 feet. Its main diet is plants, fish, fruits, lizards and seeds. Pebbles are swallowed for grilling food eaten. Emu is just a unique bird that lays eggs of dark green color and can weigh up to 1 pound. One single nest of this bird can be found with 8 to 10 eggs or even more.
2. Southern Cassowary
This bird is mostly featured mostly in many articles so I had to do a lot of research concerning it. Southern Cassowary is second largest bird in whole world and weights 75 to 80 kilograms with a height of 6 feet. Taking a single look at it can even scare you away. Cassowary cannot fly but can run at a high speed supported with its three toe legs that are powerful. Female lay eggs in nests and males take more than 50 days incubating for them.
Ostrich is the largest and heaviest bird living on earth. It can weigh up to 150 kilograms with a height of 6 feet. There is no other bird that can beat the ostrich in running and it will keep that record for lifetime. One fact about them is that they can live without water and survive for a long time. Ostriches always walk in groups of 50 and can run for 70 kilometer per hour.
I believe now you have knowledge about largest and heaviest living birds on earth 2017.