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Giant coua in Madagascar.
Madagascar is home to 258 bird species of which 115 are found nowhere else in the world. Many people travel to Madagascar specifically to see its bird life.

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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