7 of the biggest birds on Earth

Named after a human-bird hybrid in ancient Greek mythology, harpy eagles are some of the largest birds on Earth

HARPY EAGLE (HARPIA HARPYJA)

Meet the largest bird globally, at least when it comes to wingspan. These seabirds gracefully soar over the ocean, boasting a wingspan of up to almost 11 feet (3.35 meters).

WANDERING ALBATROSS

The largest of all birds on Earth, both in size and weight, is undoubtedly the ostrich. These colossal birds can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 meters).

OSTRICH

Though they may resemble juvenile ostriches, rheas are, in fact, their South American counterparts, reaching only around one-fifth of the size of an adult ostrich.

GREATER RHEA

The southern cassowary is one of the most prehistoric-looking birds roaming through New Guinea and mainland Australia, towering up to 6 feet (2 meters).

CASSOWARY

The Dalmatian pelican is not only the largest species of pelican but also one of the biggest flying birds in the world, boasting a wingspan of around 11 feet (3 meters).

DALMATIAN PELICAN

Also known as whale-headed storks, shoebills are among Africa’s strangest and tallest birds, standing at around 5 feet (1.5 meters).

SHOEBILL