What is the Biggest Bird in the World

Many people wonder, what is the biggest bird in the world? The following jumbo birds sport magnificent wingspans and impressive capabilities.

Biggest Bird in the World: The Ostrich
The ostrich is the biggest bird in the world. Ostriches cannot fly, but they can run at amazing speeds-up to 43 miles per hour. These speedy birds have powerful legs equipped with two toes and two sharp claws. A kick from an ostrich can easily kill a human or a predator. An average ostrich weighs between 220 and 350 pounds, much more than an average human. They can reach nine feet in height. Ostriches roam the African savannah, living in herds.

Biggest Wild Bird That Can Fly: The Andean Condor
The Andean Condor is a type of vulture that has a 10-foot wingspan and a body that averages 4 feet in length. These gigantic scavengers weigh about 33 pounds, so they have to rely on air currents to help them glide through the sky. While these birds are not beautiful, they are valuable since they act as nature's garbage collectors, eating leftovers from decaying carcasses. These birds can be found throughout the Andes mountains and are an endangered species.

Biggest Bird Kept as a Pet: The Hyacinth Macaw
The Hyacinth Macaw is the biggest parrot and also the biggest bird kept as a pet. These beautiful blue parrots cost around $10,000 and require a cage of at least four feet by four feet, with a height of five feet. Hyacinth Macaws are not truly happy in captivity unless you have a large aviary in which they can fly freely, or if they are allowed to spend most of the day outside of a cage. These birds have a 5-foot wing-span and are usually 40 inches long. They have beaks strong enough to break coconut shells.

Bird behavior experts can train these giant birds to become friendly, interactive pets. They are an endangered species that should only be owned by expert parrot owners interested in breeding. 

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