elephant bird


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to elephant bird: moa

elephant bird

n
(Animals) another name for aepyornis
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elephant bird - huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascarelephant bird - huge (to 9 ft.) extinct flightless bird of Madagascar
flightless bird, ratite, ratite bird - flightless birds having flat breastbones lacking a keel for attachment of flight muscles: ostriches; cassowaries; emus; moas; rheas; kiwis; elephant birds
genus Aepyornis - type genus of the Aepyornidae: elephant birds
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The newly-discovered specimen, found in the Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea, suggested a bird as giant as the Madagascan elephant bird or New Zealand moa.
A specimen found at Taurida Cave in Crimea suggests a bird as big as a Madagascan elephant bird or New Zealand moa was hunted by Europeans 1.5 million years ago.
The lead author of the study of the (https://www.academy.ac.il/Index7/Entry.aspx?nodeId=864&entryId=18906) Russian Academy of Sciences , Nikita Zelenkov in a statement said she thought the fossil to be of a (https://www.madamagazine.com/en/elefantenvoegel/) Malagasy elephant bird when she calculated the weight of the thigh bone.
For 60 million years the colossal, flightless elephant bird -- Aepyornis maximus -- stalked the savannah and rainforests of Madagascar until it was hunted to extinction around 1,000 years ago.
The elephant bird was a 3 meter tall, half ton mammoth of a bird that was a frequent sight on the island of Madagascar.
The eggs showcased range from those of hummingbirds to the extinct elephant bird, and include illustrations of the avian world's smallest and largest eggs demonstrate the variety present in nature.
We also learn about the now extinct elephant bird, which was even taller than an ostrich and produced an egg so large you'd need a McMuffin bun the size of a car bonnet to accommodate it.
ferox), two species of rodents, an extinct pygmy hippopotamus, crocodiles, turtles, and two bird species (including the extinct elephant bird Mullerornis).
Instead, the diminutive kiwi is most closely related to the extinct Madagascan elephant bird -- a 2-3 meter tall, 275 kg giant.
Summary: A giant egg from the extinct elephant bird is expected to fetch Au30,000.
While filming in Madagascar for the programme in 1960, he was given pieces of an egg belonging to the largest bird ever to have lived - the extinct 'elephant bird''.