Is it a Pelican? Is it an albatross? No! It’s a Pelagornis! (Say that five times fast!) It lived for more than 50 million years and then sadly became extinct some 2.5 million years ago. It had a five-metre (197 inches or approximately 16 and a half foot) wing span, that is roughly size of a giraffe, and a serrated beak that would scare even the most hardy sea bird feeder today. The scary beaks earned them the nickname of “bony-toothed birds” because they look like jagged teeth, a saw even! It was the largest flying animal on Earth for some 15 million years after the Pterosaurs died 65 million years ago.
They found a fossil recently in Australia. This proves this bird was not bound to one land. With wings like that, is it any surprise? Here, watch this video to learn more: