largest wingspan

It breeds on high cliff edges – this is not a bird that’s scared of heights! Noted as being a highly social species, these birds often nest in colonies of more than 100 pairs, with some colonies estimated to contain up to 1,000 birds.
Some of the heaviest flying birds are our swans — in the US the heaviest flying bird is the Trumpeter Swan, but the Whooper Swan is an elegant bird that winters in northern Europe and eastern Asia.
I’ve been fascinated by birds since I was a little girl — the diversity in bird size and shape is amazing! I am so interested in birds that I am currently in grad school studying avian migration biology.
Hi I enjoyed reading this lens and learning about these great birds.
What a fabulous lens! I watching birds fly, and would so to see some of these flying "live" 🙂 Blessed.
These birds are powerful flyers, despite weighing 18-44 pounds (8-20 kilograms)! They have a very deep call and are truly a remarkable bird to witness in flight.

The wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of any living bird, typically ranging from 2.51 to 3.5 m (8 ft 3 in to 11 ft 6 in), with a mean span of 3.1 m (10 ft 2 in) in the Bird Island, South Georgia colony and an average of exactly 3 m (9 ft 10 in) in 123 birds measured off the coast of Malabar, New South Wales.[3][10][11] The longest-winged examples verified have been about 3.7 m (12 ft 2 in).[11] Even larger examples have been claimed, with two giants reportedly measuring 4.22 m (13 ft 10 in) and 5.3 m (17 ft 5 in) but these reports remain unverified.[11] As a result of its wingspan, it is capable of remaining in the air without flapping its wings for several hours at a time (travelling 22 m for every metre of drop).[12][13][14] The length of the body is about 107 to 135 cm (3 ft 6 in to 4 ft 5 in)[10][15][16] with females being slightly smaller than males.
With a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet — well over the length of a car — the researchers believe that it likely had the largest wingspan of any bird to have ever lived.
The bird has been named Pelagornis sandersi, and it’s said to be one of a number of giant birds that lived across the globe for around 10 million years before vanishing.
For the researchers, it’s a surprising discovery because this new bird’s wingspan exceeds what they believed to be a theoretical maximum for length.
Researchers have discovered the remains of an absolutely enormous bird that lived over three million years ago.
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The fossil was discovered back in 1983, but it’s now being described by a researcher from the Bruce Museum in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
sandersi breaks the record held by the previously known biggest flyer Argentavis magnificens – a condor-like bird that lived in the Andes mountains, and the pampas of Argentina, six million years ago.
sandersi breaks the record held by the previously known biggest flyer Argentavis magnificens – a condor-like bird that lived in the Andes mountains six million years ago.
Working from a fossil skull, as well as wing and leg bones, researchers calculated the likely size of the bird and modelled possible flight styles – including flapping and gliding.
Working from a fossil skull, as well as wing and leg bones, researchers calculated the likely size of the bird, and modelled possible flight styles – including flapping and gliding.
Named in honour of dig leader Dr Albert Sanders – retired curator of Charleston Museum where the fossil’s housed – the bird lived 25 to 28 million years ago, after the dinosaurs died out, but long before the first humans arrived in the area.
Once airborne, computer simulations suggest the bird’s long, slender wings made it an expert glider.
Working from a fossil skull, wing bones, and leg bones discovered in 25-million to 28 million-year-old sediment at the Charleston International Airport in South Carolina, Ksepka extrapolated the bird’s body dimensions and then modeled possible flight styles, including flapping and gliding.
While this puts the new extinct bird above the theoretical limits for powered flight, computer models show it was capable of highly efficient gliding flight, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week.
It’s so spectacularly weird," says paleontologist Daniel Ksepka of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., author of a new study describing the bird.
Unlike other researchers, he didn’t rule out such an enormous flying bird, but he still calls the find "very exciting … It refutes some of the prior estimates of maximum size in seabirds." These birds were not, however, bigger than the biggest pterosaurs, flying reptiles that died out before the new bird species took wing.
"If you could imagine the shadow this thing would’ve cast back in the day, ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘terror-inspiring’ would be appropriate phrases," says bird paleontologist Julia Clarke of the University of Texas, Austin, who was not connected to the new study.
The true mystery, Ksepka says, is why this big bird and its kin, which were also large, vanished after ruling the skies around the globe from just after the time of the dinosaurs until just before modern humans evolved.
Paleontologist Michael Habib of the University of Southern California generally agrees with Ksepka’s assessment of the bird’s size and flying abilities.
But the bony-toothed bird’s delicate bones and "dinky" legs show it was definitely a flyer, Ksepka says.
"When a 24-foot-wingspan bird says, ‘Give me your lunch,’ you probably better do what it says," says Ksepka, to explain how a bird with low maneuverability could be a successful thief.
An analysis of its shape and size suggests the bird could travel for long distances while expending little energy, Ksepka reports in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
But Katsufumi Sato of the University of Tokyo says via e-mail that he has doubts about the new bird’s wingspan.
At 20 to 24 feet from wingtip to wingtip, the new species had the biggest wingspan of any known bird, outstripping the next-biggest feathered flyer by 15% or more.
The first part of its scientific name, Pelagornis sandersi, means "marine bird." The second part honors paleontologist Albert Sanders, who excavated the specimen.
Portugal, a University of London Royal Veterinary College researcher, told Discovery News that birds could be using three things to achieve their flying precision: "(1) vision – watching the bird in flight to get all the information they need, (2) feathers – sensing the changes in pressure, wind etc.
"A giant bird lands at an airport 25 million years too soon—it’s kind of amusing," says study author Daniel Ksepka of North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
The most interesting finding in the new study, says Louchart, is that the ancient seabird may have soared just above the ocean waves for long distances, rather than ascending air currents to maintain high altitudes, as some large birds do today.
And it rivals that of the largest flying bird on record: Argentavis magnificens—a South American condor with a 23-foot (7-meter) wingspan that glided among the mountaintops of the Andes six million years ago.
The ancient bird, dubbed Pelagornis sandersi, belonged to a family of now-extinct "toothed" birds.
More than 33 feet (10 meters) of ocean water covered the part of coastal South Carolina where the Pelagornis sandersi bones came to rest 25 million years ago.
Biggest Flying Seabird Had 21-Foot Wingspan, Scientists Say Gliding like a massive albatross, the 25-million-year-old bird may have soared just above the ocean waves for long distances.
The bird’s name honors Charleston Museum curator Albert Sanders, who uncovered the skull, wing, and leg bones of the ancient seabird ahead of runway construction three decades ago.
@JOHN LONGENECKER Girl birds have been found to be out playing the field while the boy bird is tending the nest.
Described for the first time in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the fossil bones of the big bird were uncovered just outside an airport in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1983.
The so-called teeth of the bird were actually bony projections from its beak—good for spearing prey, which may have included other birds or other birds’ prey.
The male birds should sit on new eggs a lot so the girl birds get to go visit all the other girl birds and practice flying around in flocks like Starlings.
The wingspan of Pelagornis sandersi dwarfs that of today’s biggest flier, the royal albatross, whose span measures a "mere" 11.5 feet (3.5 meters).
IMAGE: This is a reconstruction of the world’s largest-ever flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi, identified by Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn.
Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, studies the skull of Pelagornis sandersi, the world’s largest-ever flying bird.
Despite weighing a massive 300 lb, standing a mighty 8 ft tall, and only having only two toes on each foot, the ostrich (Struthio camelus) can shoot across the African savannah at up to 45 mph, making it the fastest bird on land.
The fastest dive by a bird was recorded in a series of German experiments, when a peregrine falcon reached a velocity of 168 mph at a 30-degree angle of stoop, rising to a maximum of 217 mph at an angle of 45 degrees.
The deepest dive accurately measured for any bird is 1,584 ft, by an emperor penguin, (Aptenodytes forsteri), in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, in 1990.
The largest wingspan of any bird of a living species was that of a male wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) of the southern oceans, with a span of 11 ft 11 in.
To measure the wingspan of a bird, a live or freshly dead specimen is placed flat on its back, the wings are grasped at the wrist joints,ankles and the distance is measured between the tips of the longest primary feathers on each wing.
Alternatively, animals and aircraft which depend on maneuverability (fighters, predators, the predated and those who live amongst trees and bushes, insect catchers, etc.) need to be able to roll fast to turn, and the high moment of inertia of long narrow wings produces lower roll rates.
For example, the Boeing 777 has a wingspan of about 60 metres (197 ft); and a Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) caught in 1965 had a wingspan of 3.63 metres (11 ft 11 in), the official record for a living bird.
For efficient steady flight the ratio of span to chord, the aspect ratio, should be as high as possible (the constraints are usually structural) because this lowers the lift-induced drag associated with the inevitable wingtip vortices.
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That there were larger examples of modern condors with 13, 14, 15 and 16 feet wings spread is not beyond the limit of physics, and is supported by eye witness testimony and old historical documents, and I believe these birds, perhaps relict forms of Teratorn Condor, are responsible for the ancient and recent Thunderbird legends and sightings.
The average condor today in California is about 9 to 10 feet wingspan in males, and those in South American Andean Condors 10 to 11 feet wings spread, but there are records of both species exceeding 11 and 12 feet, which would make them the size of the Teratorns Merriami from La Brea Tar pits.
Giant Condors from California to Peru with 10 to 12, even 14 to 16 feet wingspans were reported in old news paper reports from the 1930’s to mid 1800’s, stories of condors attacking men, boys, and cattle, and able to lift a fawn or small deer and carry it in its talons were even reported.
BTW, Kenny George (7,7" w/o shoes) has a wingspan that’s nearly 8,6"! Wonder if there has ever been a basketball player with a wingspan measured at over nine feet? But I’ve heard Robert Wadlow Alton–the tallest man ever who towered at nearly 9 feet tall w/o shoes on–had a wingspan of about nine and a half feet! He probably has the longest wingspan of any human ever measured (although he obviously wasn’t a basketball player).
Maybe Phil Jackson because he’s only 6,8" (80 inches) tall w/o shoes on but his arms are said to as long as 42 inches each! If you do the simple math, that’s more than half his own height in each arm’s length so just from the length of his two arms, his wingspan is longer than his height (and that doesn’t include the breadth of his wide shoulders).
In Pro Ball the longest wingspan was Manute Bol at a height of 7 feet 7 inches and a wingspan of 8 foot and 4 inches.
You get two people the same height, the one who reaches higher will almost invariably have the bigger wingspan (people the same height don’t vary that much in shoulder height).
It’s not surprising though because it doesn’t take that much arm length for your wingspan to match your own height because wingspan also takes into account of your shoulders/chest (which is already about 1/6 to 1/7 of the your total height).
The fossilized remains of what scientists are calling the largest flying bird ever found were dug out in 1983 in Charleston, South Carolina, by workers building a new terminal for the Charleston International Airport, and were so big the workers had to use a backhoe.
It had a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet, making it twice as big as today’s largest flying bird, the Royal Albatross, and edging out its closest extinct competitor, the “condor-like” Argentavis magnificens.
The bird was named ‘Pelagornis sandersi‘ in honor of Charleston Museum curator Albert Sanders, who led the excavation of the bird, which was a much more scientific option than filling in the hole with cement and never speaking of the creature again.
Anya allegedly has a 7’9 wingspan and 9’3 inch reach! That is longer than a large number of today’s pro basketball players as noted by Yahoo’s Cameron Smith in June of 2011.
Greg Oden’s wingspan coming out of Ohio State was 7’4.25″ according to Draft Express.
Kevin Durant’s wingspan coming out of Texas was 7’4.75 according to Draft Express.
BeeJay Anya is now ranked number for his position according to ESPN and also ranked 16th in ESPN’s Super 60 rankings.
sandersi breaks the record held by the previously known biggest flyer Argentavis magnificens – a condor-like bird that lived in the Andes mountains, and the pampas of Argentina, six million years ago.
sandersi breaks the record held by the previously known biggest flyer Argentavis magnificens – a condor-like bird that lived in the Andes mountains six million years ago.
Named in honour of dig leader Dr Albert Sanders – retired curator of Charleston Museum where the fossil’s housed – the bird lived 25 to 28 million years ago, after the dinosaurs died out, but long before the first humans arrived in the area.
The massive Goliath beetle truly is a giant of the scarab family, reaching lengths of nearly 5 inches (13 centimeters) as an adult.
Although not the longest of the giant scarab beetles, the Goliath beetle might take the prize when it comes to body mass and bulk.
Where body size is concerned, the giant huntsman spider (Heteropoda maxima) doesn’t have much to brag about with a body length of only 2 inches (nearly 5 centimeters).
The name alone tips you off to the giant size of the Goliath beetle, found in Africa’s forests and savannahs.
The titan beetle (Titanus giganteus) certainly deserves its name — titan being the root of the word "titanic." From the family Cerambycidae, the titan beetle can lay claim to being one of the planet’s longest beetles, and definitely the longest found within the mighty kingdom of the Amazon rainforest.
The combination of incredible length, strength and a huge appetite to add bulk make the Hercules beetle the king of giant bugs.
Found in South America, Central America, Mexico and sometimes even Texas, this moth’s giant wingspan means that it often gets mistaken for other flying creatures, such as bats.
Like the Goliath beetle, the Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi) was named for the biblical giant because it’s a spider of enormous proportions.
In fact, the genus name Deinacrida, which many weta species fall under, means "demon grasshopper." That seems an appropriate description for a bug that can grow up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) in length.
The largest known insect on Earth, Mothra, is a giant of the order lepidoptera, with a wingspan of up to 820 feet, or 800 times that of the next-largest moth, the White Witch.
With mega names like Goliath sprinkled throughout our list, it’s not surprising that the second-to-last spot should be filled by a bug known as the Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules), named for the hero of Greek mythology.
The White-tailed Hawk is only found in Southeast Texas in the United States, but it thrives in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
These large birds of prey are the largest hawks (of the genus Buteo) that are found in the United States.
With an average length of just over 20 inches, a wingspan of 51 inches, and a weight of 2.3 lbs, this big hawk is agile in flight, and it feeds primarily on small mammals, like rabbits, and lizards.
With an average length of 19 inches, a wingspan of 49 inches, and an average weight of 2.4 lbs, the Red-tailed Hawk is a muscular bird.
The Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) has an average body length of 21 inches, an average wingspan of 53 inches, and a typical weight of about 2.2 lbs.
The Ferruginous Hawk exists in two different plumage morphs, one light (with white and red on the body), and one dark (all dark brown).
This large bird of prey reaches an average length of 23 inches, with a 56 inch wingspan, and tends to weigh around 3.5 lbs.
This large raptor bird of America can be found in every continental state, much of Canada, and nearly all of Central America and the Caribbean.
Although viewed by some as a tall tale, the descriptions given by the witnesses of these birds describe a large black bird, with a white ring on its neck and a wingspan of up to 10 feet, traits oddly reminiscent of the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) which exhibits the same basic physical characteristics as that of the Lawndale bird.
The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) and the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) are among the largest predatory birds in the world, with the Andean condor reaching a wingspan of 10.5 feet and the California condor (the largest North American predatory bird) reaches a wingspan of up to 10 feet.
Hall, one of the foremost investigators of the Thunderbird story, gives the following description of the avian cryptid drawn from numerous sightings: "The bird is distinguished by its size and lifting capabilities exceeding those of any known bird living today anywhere in the world.
And the Kori Bustard found in southern Africa would be the heaviest living flying creature with an average male weighing between 10.9 to 16 kilograms.  There have been reports of outsize specimens weighing even 40 kilograms.
Among the living largest flying creatures, the wandering albatross has the largest wingspan averaging from 2.51–3.50 m.
Pterodactyloid pterosaur, Quetzalcoatlus from the Late Cretaceous of North America would be the largest flying creature to have ever lived on earth.
"You have to conclude that this animal was capable of flapping its wings and taking off, even though it is much heavier than the theoretical maximum weight of a flapping flying bird," Luis Chiappe, an expert on flight evolution at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, who wasn’t involved in the project, said in a statement.
Scientists have identified the largest flying bird ever found – a glider with a wingspan of 21 feet or more that soared the ancient skies 25 million years ago, writes the Wall Street Journal.
But a new computer analysis reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the bird apparently could ride efficiently on rising currents of air, to stay aloft for a week or more at a stretch, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Its wings were so fragile that experts who first studied it doubted the wings could generate the lift normally needed to get off the ground – with hollow wing bones were barely a millimeter thick and nearly 20 feet long, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Three families of moths are known for large species, with the world’s two largest moths being in Saturniidae or Noctuidae.
The largest moths in North America are cecropia moths (Hyalophora cecropia), which belong to family Saturniidae.
Other large Saturniid moths include the Io moth and imperial moth.
The sphinx moth (Sphingidae) family includes moths commonly known as hawkmoths or hummingbird moths.
With a wingspan reaching past 5 inches, North America’s largest is the cecropia moth.
The title for largest moth in the world is split between two different species: the atlas moth (Attacus atlas) and Thysania agrippina, which is commonly known as the great owlet or white witch moth.
Several species of large moth occur in North America and occasionally travel to the screens of doors and windows under a porch light.
While they aren’t particularly large in North America, one of the two largest species in the world belong to this family.
The caterpillars of these moths include the large, colorful tobacco and tomato hornworms.
In North America, many of the owlet moths (Noctuidae sp.) are of economic importance.
Natural Born Record Holders: Biggest bat by wingspan.
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A fossil species found in the United States has announced a colossal bird that possibly looking for fish while soaring over the ocean in 25-28 million years ago, named Pelagornithidae and was discovered in 1983 in South Carolina, USA.
Scientists said that the creature probably did not land on water and apparently landed on land, scientists think Pelagornithidae will even have a hard time taking off again, it will need run down the hill to get the momentum to take off or maybe it just waited on the beach for a strong wind to carry them aloft.
As you might expect, albatrosses have the largest wingspan of any bird on earth at up to 11 feet! This means that they could easily touch the rim of a basketball hoop with one wing while the other touched the court below! The largest species of the 12 known types of this bird is called the wandering albatross.
While theoretical models suggest that it would be tricky for a bird of this size to stay airborne by flapping its wings, researchers believe it used air currents to soar above the ocean.
The researchers believe this huge bird surpasses the previous recorder-holder, Argentavis magnificens – a condor-like bird from South America with an estimated wingspan of 5.7-6.1m (19-20ft) that lived about six million years ago.
"The long wings would have been cumbersome and it would have probably spent as little time as possible walking around," Dr Ksepka explained.
Daniel Ksepka, curator of science at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut, said: "This fossil is remarkable both for the size, which we could only speculate on before the discovery, and for the preservation.
They believe it would have been twice the size of the wandering albatross, the largest living bird.