MADAGASCAR BIRDS for Kids
Madagascar once had giant land birds, the largest of which weighed over 1,100 pounds (500 kg) and stood ten feet (3m) tall. Elephant birds (Aepyornis) were driven to extinction in recent history by human hunting, introduced species, and habitat loss.
Elephant bird eggs weighed roughly 20 pounds and could make an omelette to feed 150 people.
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