Largest bird ever
Vorombe titan, Elephant bird
3 m / 860 kg dimension(s)
Madagascar ()

The largest birds that ever lived are the elephant birds of Madagascar, which became extinct around 1,000 years ago. The largest species among these was Vorombe titan (“big bird” in Malagasy and Greek), which stood as tall as 3 metres (9 feet 10 inches). It is estimated to have weighed as much as 860 kilograms (1,895 pounds 15 ounces) – with an average weight of 642.9 kilograms (1,417 pounds 5 ounces) – as confirmed in a paper published in Royal Society Open Science on 26 September 2018.