What Is The Largest Living Bird On The Planet?

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Kathryn Patten Profile
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Native to Africa, the Ostrich, scientifically known as the Struthio camelus ("Camel Sparrow") is the largest living bird on the planet. Although ostriches are land-bound and do not have the ability to fly they can reach speeds of, approximately, sixty-five kilometres per hour when they are running. The male ostrich, black and white in colour, usually weigh between ninety and one hundred and thirty kilograms. The female and young male ostriches are grey-brown and white in colour. Very territorial with the ability to be aggressive, the ostrich, especially the male, is considered to be a dangerous animal in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. Ostriches have very powerful legs and a 'hoof' toe and several deadly attacks, on humans, have occurred in the past. The typical life span of an ostrich is, approximately, fifty years although some ostriches may even live to see seventy-five.
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The largest species of New World Vultures, the Condors of California and South America are the largest birds capable of flying. These majestic birds have a wingspan of, approximately, eleven feet and, generally, measure around four and a half feet long. This said however, the California Condor is longer than the Andean Condor but has a shorter wingspan. There are two species of condors; the Andean Condor can be found in the Andes Mountains of South America and the California Condor is found in the western coastal mountains of the United States. These birds of prey feed off of carrion, preferring larger carcasses. The Andean Condor will, sometimes, kill living prey whereas the California Condor however, never kills living prey. With only twenty-two California Condors left, these birds were once facing extinction. Due to recovery efforts there are now, approximately, two hundred and ninety California Condors. The Andean Condor, previously, also faced extinction and in 1973 this bird was placed on the Endangered Species list. The Andean Condor is, today, making a remarkable comeback.
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Ostrich
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The largest of all living birds can not fly at all, that is the African ostrich. The wandering albatross leads a parade of largest flying birds with a wingspread of over 3.5 meters. After that comes the condor; it has a wingspread of almost 3.5 meters. Next comes king vulture, which is found in South America, Mexico and Central America. It has a wingspread of up to 3 meters.  
The white pelican comes after with a wingspread of over 2.5 meters. It is found in Canada and points south, and in the winter it is seen along the gulf coast of the United States. The great bustard, a large goose like game bird related to the cranes, is next. It is found in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa with a wingspread of over 2.5 meters.  The U.S bald eagle is the next largest flying bird, having a wingspread up to 2.5 meters. The golden eagle is about the same size, as is the whooping crane. Then we come to the sand hill crane, with a wingspread of 2 meters. Last of all, the brown pelican is the same size as the  buzzard, which also has the 2m wingspread. These are the largest flying birds in the world.  
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The ostrich
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erin saylor answered
The largest bird in the world is the ostrich closely followed by the emu.

The largest bird of prey is the harpy eagle, but only in strength and weight, it's wingspan is shorter than stellar's sea eagle, phillipine eagle, and martial eagle.

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