Top 9 Largest Flightless Birds


The ostrich is the largest flightless bird and the fastest two-legged animal on land. It can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour!


The emu is the second-largest flightless bird and native to Australia. It has strong legs and can run at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.


The kiwi is a flightless bird found in New Zealand. It is the smallest among the flightless birds and has unique nostrils at the tip of its beak.


The cassowary is a large flightless bird with vibrant colors and a casque on its head. It is known for its powerful kicks and is native to Australia and New Guinea.


The rhea is a flightless bird native to South America. It is similar to the ostrich and emu in appearance but smaller in size.


Penguins are flightless birds that live in the Southern Hemisphere. They are excellent swimmers and adapted to life in the cold Antarctic region.


The moa, now extinct, was a giant flightless bird that lived in New Zealand. It could grow up to 12 feet tall and weighed several hundred pounds.

Elephant Bird

The elephant bird, also extinct, was the largest bird to have ever lived. It inhabited Madagascar and could reach a height of over 10 feet.


The takahe is a flightless bird endemic to New Zealand. It was once thought to be extinct but was rediscovered in the 1940s.

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