There are thousands of species of birds and, although you may be accustomed to the tweeting birds you encounter in your garden, there are many more around the world. And some of these are taller than the tallest basketball players! From the colossal Ostrich to the flamingo-esque Sarus Crane, here are some of the worlds biggest birds.
Unsurprisingly, the world’s biggest bird is the common ostrich, which tops the charts with a height of just under 7 feet and an average mass of 104 kilograms. Taking pride of place in second is another ostrich, the somali ostrich, which is only a little smaller than its relative. However, some surprising entries have found themselves on this list, including the emperor penguin, which can grow as tall as four feet, and the turkey, which isn’t so far behind! With several water birds rounding off our list of the world’s biggest birds, it may be quite astonishing which of our beautiful birds are some of the biggest!
So, now you know the biggest birds of the world – but how do they compare to the biggest land animals? Naturally, the giraffe rules the animal kingdom in height, with most male giraffes reaching an average of 20 feet. However, the colossal African Elephant outweighs the giraffe by 4,100 kg, with an average mass of 6000 kilograms. Perhaps surprisingly, these giants of the savannah are followed by the moose, which can grow almost up to 9 feet, and the brown bear, which, when standing on its hind legs, can reach a height of 9 feet.
Unfortunately, the only large bird that would make this list is the common ostrich, only just beating the moose by a single inch. Let’s see how the rest of these large land animals compare to the world’s biggest birds!
Finally – because we’re as curious as you – how does the average human compare to the world’s biggest birds? Naturally, we can’t all be as tall as Lebron James (who, in case you were interested, is only an inch smaller than a moose), and the average male reaches a height of around 5 ft 7.5 inches, while the average woman measures around 5 ft 3 inches high. So, how does this match up with the world’s biggest birds?
Interestingly, both the average man and the average woman are only smaller than the Common Ostritch and the Somali Ostritch, the top two biggest birds in the world. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, there’s no way we can compare the world’s largest land mammals.
Gemma Sharp is the resident writer for Love Garden Birds, a supplier of premium bird food and accessories. She has had a genuine love for our feathered friends from a young age, and has dedicated a lot of her time to learning all there is to know about them. If you’re struggling to pick the right bird feed for your garden, need help identifying a type of wild bird, or can’t decide where to put a nesting box, Gemma is the person to go to! She is passionate about sharing her years of learnt knowledge with the public. In her free time, she can be found feeding birds at home with her three young boys.