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Top 10 The world’s largest birds

But bird species can be surprisingly large, with the very largest even taller than a human.

10. Dwarf cassowary

Maximum weight: 17.6kg

Distribution: New Guinea

Dwarf-cassowary
Dwarf cassowary

9. Mute swan

Maximum weight: 22.5kg

Distribution: Central and Northern Europe; Central and Eastern Asia

Mute-swan
Mute swan

8. Lesser rhea

Maximum weight: 25kg

Distribution: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru

Lesser-rhea
Lesser rhea

7. Greater rhea

Maximum weight: Over 25kg

Distribution: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay

Greater-rhea
Greater rhea

6. Emperor penguin

Maximum weight: 46kg

Distribution: Antarctica

Emperor-penguin
Emperor penguin

5. Emu

Maximum weight: 55kg

Distribution: Australia

Emu
Emu

4. Northern cassowary

Maximum weight: 58kg

Distribution: New Guinea

Northern-cassowary
Northern cassowary

3. Southern cassowary

Maximum weight: 58kg

Distribution: New Guinea and Queensland, Australia

Southern-cassowary
Southern cassowary

2. Somali ostrich

Maximum weight: 105kg

Distribution: Horn of Africa

Somali-ostrich
Somali ostrich

1. Common ostrich

Maximum weight: 156kg

Distribution: Savannahs of Africa

Common-ostrich
Common ostrich

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