Aquatic and Land Animal Diversity

Reptiles and Birds

What birds have some of the largest wingspans?

An African wading bird called the Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus) has the largest wingspan of any bird (to date), measuring about 13.2 feet (4 meters). The albatross family has the next largest wingspans, including the wandering albatross (Diomedea exculans), the royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora), and the Amsterdam Island albatross (Diomeda amsterdiamensis), with a spread from 8 to 11 feet (2.5–3.3 meters). The next in line is the Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator), with a wingspan of about 11 feet (3.3 meters), which is the largest (and heaviest) bird in North America.


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