Aepyornis cursor Milne-Edwards & Grandidier, 1894:124

Elephant bird



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Invalid (synonym) (Hansford & Turvey, 2018)


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym) (Hansford & Turvey, 2018)





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Milne-Edwards, A. and Grandidier, A. (1894). Observations sur les Aepyornis de Madagascar. C. R. Hebd. Séanc. Acad. Sci. Paris 13: 122-127.

Other references:

Grealy, Alicia et al. (2023). Molecular exploration of fossil eggshell uncovers hidden lineage of giant extinct bird. Nature Communications 14: 914.

Hansford, James P. and Turvey, Samuel T. (2018). Unexpected diversity within the extinct elephant birds (Aves: Aepyornithidae) and a new identity for the world's largest bird. R. Soc. open sci. 5: 181295.

Rothschild, Lionel Walter. (1907). Extinct birds: an attempt to write in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times, that is within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction. London: Hutchinson & Co. XXIX + 243 pp. [p. 227]


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