Argentavis magnificens

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Senior Airman
Dec 17, 2004


Argentavis magnificens (literally "Magnificent Silver Bird") is the largest flying bird ever discovered.

Sometimes called the Giant Teratorn, is an extinct species known from (as of 2006) three sites from the late Miocene (12-5 million years before present) of Central and Northwestern Argentina, South America, where a good sample of fossils has been obtained.

Physical characteristics

Currently accepted estimates:

* Wingspan: 5.7 to 8.3 m (19 - 28 ft)
* Wing area: nearly 7 square m (75 square ft)
* Wing loading: c. 11,5 kg/square m
* Length: 3.5 m
* Height: 1.8 to 2 m
* Weight: 65-100 kg

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