Aepyornis grandidieri Rowley, 1867

Elephant bird



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Invalid (nomen dubium)





Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Rowley, G. D. (1867). On the egg of Aepyornis, the colossal bird of Madagascar. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1867: 892-895.


Other references:

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

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. 226]


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