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elephant bird

n
(Animals) another name for aepyornis
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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
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Madagascar's giant lemurs, pygmy hippos, and elephant birds survived all the way into the Middle Ages.
Now he and colleagues have extracted DNA from elephant birds (an egg shown) and found that they are the kiwi's closest kin.
This group contains some of the world's largest birds - such as the extinct giant moa of New Zealand and elephant birds of Madagascar.
This group contains some of the world's largest birds -- such as the extinct giant moa of New Zealand and elephant birds of Madagascar.
Scientists extracted the DNA from the bones of elephant birds at the Museum of New Zealand in Te Papa Tongarewa which led to the discovery of the genetic connection between the two birds.
All sorts of dangers, adventures, and fantastical creatures await--from the Elephant Birds to the Insultana of Ott and her flying carpet, the Badly Behaved Gods, a city of rats, and, of course, the world of video games.
Elephant birds were 3-meter (10-foot) tall flightless birds-much like their ostrich relatives--that once roamed the island of Madagascar.
He will learn jungle survival during five weeks on the remote island of Madagascar, home to many unique species such as lemurs, giant tortoises and elephant birds.