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Largest Types of Birds

Name the world's heaviest birds and the birds with the longest wingspans.
The heaviest birds are in order by weight. The longest wingspans are ordered alphabetically.
This quiz uses common names. We sometimes group multiple species together
Sources: Wingspan, Weight
Quiz by Quizmaster
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Last updated: December 4, 2019
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First submittedMarch 30, 2014
Times taken24,412
Average score41.7%
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Heaviest Birds
#1
Ostrich
#2
Cassowary
#3
Emu
#4
Emperor Penguin
#5
Rhea
Longest Wingspans
Albatross
Bustard
Condor
Pelican
Stork
Swan
Vulture
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2014
A wonderful bird is the pelican,

His bill will hold more than his belican,

He can take in his beak

Enough food for a week

But I'm damned if I see how the helican!

couldn't resist.

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Level 59
Apr 10, 2014
Alas no dodos or archaeopteryx either.
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Level 82
Apr 28, 2014
nor gnus, moas
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Level 75
Apr 20, 2020
There was a bird called a gnu too? Never heard of that one.
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Level 66
Apr 28, 2014
Or Big Bird (somebody had to bring him up!)
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Level 82
Apr 28, 2014
M R Ducks

A R Not

S A R

C M Wangs?

L I B

M R Ducks

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Level 91
May 7, 2014
I got most of that, but I couldn't figure out "L I B". Well, I'll be?
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Level 43
Jun 28, 2017
Well I'll be!
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Level 23
Dec 7, 2014
I don't get it
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Level 88
Apr 20, 2020
Yeah I don't really get it either... I guess reading it aloud is supposed to approximate a conversation about whether or not there are ducks, or something? According to this post on reddit it is some of sort of joke, but the humor escapes me.
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Level 75
Dec 15, 2014
Two more if you can stand them:

M R PUP EEEE

M R Not

O S A R

C M P N?

L I B

M R PUP EEEE

and,

M R Snakes

M R not Snakes

O S A R

C D B D IIIII?

L I B

M R Snakes

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Level 29
Dec 3, 2017
Here is a quiz for you
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Level 37
Apr 20, 2020
I've heard a bit of a shorter version, but I like yours! Here's the one I know: M R Ducks. M R Not. M R Ducks! C D B D I's! O I C, M R Ducks.
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Level 75
Dec 15, 2014
Surprised not to see herons, flamingos, ibis, even peacocks, geese, and turkeys.
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Level 83
Oct 12, 2015
Herons are tiny compared to ostriches. They're tiny even compared to swans.
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Level 68
Aug 18, 2017
Well green herons are. Great Blues are quite large, actually.
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2017
Goliath Heron's males have wingspan of 2.4 metres up to 7ft 6in............ not too small I would suggest.
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Level 62
Apr 22, 2016
Kept trying Dee Reynolds. Not sure why it's not on here.
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Level 82
Aug 15, 2016
It's a mystery.
+1
Level 43
Jun 28, 2017
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+2
Level 46
Mar 21, 2017
Albatross seems to have the longest wingspan, though
+1
Level 43
Jun 28, 2017
I spelt 'stork' as 'stalk'... durrr :(
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Level 88
Apr 20, 2020
How's the weather up in Boston? ;)
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Level 75
Apr 20, 2020
Since the word spelt was used, I'm guessing mdjones resides in Old England rather than New England. :)
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Level 59
Apr 23, 2020
I know he lives in England.
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Level 68
Aug 18, 2017
I'm very close to positive that the bird with the largest wingspan is the Wandering Albatross, but I'll believe you Quizmaster...
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Level 86
Aug 1, 2018
Huh. I always thought "bustard" was just a common mispronunciation of "buzzard."
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Level 59
Apr 23, 2020
no it's a mispronunciation of bastard probably.
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Level 56
Feb 2, 2019
I killed the spelling on cassowary :(
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Level 31
Feb 21, 2019
I was listening to an I Hate Everything video while doing this quiz. I couldn't think of the #2 largest bird and it was killing me. Then in the I Hate Everything video he started talking about how he wouldn't kill a cassowary because he likes birds to much. That was the strangest coincidence that has ever happened to me.
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Level 61
Apr 20, 2020
crane
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Level 48
Apr 20, 2020
I got all the heaviest birds but could only get the most obvious one for wingspan xD
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Level 39
Apr 20, 2020
I was thinking Ostrich will be a popular answer
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Level 66
Apr 20, 2020
I can only think of bustards in connection to Dr. Seuss. It's just true now.
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Level 31
Apr 20, 2020
Peacock or Peahens wingspan ????
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Level 77
Apr 20, 2020
Their wingspan is around 1.6 meters (a bit over 5 feet). The shortest wingspan on the list up there is around 2.7 meters (a little less than 9 feet.)
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Level 65
Apr 20, 2020
All of these are found in the southern hemisphere and only some in the northern.
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Level 63
Apr 21, 2020
The bustard's an exquisite fowl,

With minimal reason to growl,

It escaped what would be,

Illegitimacy,

By grace of a fortunate vowel

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Level 67
May 27, 2022
Maybe accept nandu as a type-in for rhea? I know I should probably learn rhea too as a name for the bird, but at least wikipedia sees nandu as a valid alternative in english as well..
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Level 64
Jan 26, 2023
im the biggest bird
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Level 60
May 6, 2023
I got 9/12, I failed to think of Penguin, never heard of a Bustard, but a Condor is a Vulture, so that's why I never put it.