Aepyornidae


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Noun1.Aepyornidae - coextensive with the order Aepyorniformes
bird family - a family of warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
Aepyorniformes, order Aepyorniformes - huge extinct flightless birds: elephant birds
genus Aepyornis - type genus of the Aepyornidae: elephant birds
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Madagascar's extinct birds include the remarkable endemic family the Aepyornidae, the giant flightless elephant birds (Aepyornis), which ran rather than flew and were similar to the Australian emus.