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Largest flying animals: rise and repeat

December 16, 2012

Ornithocheiroidea: pelagic fish hunters

Azhdarchoidea: terrestrial stalkers

Pelagornithidae: pelagic fish hunters

Teratorninithidae: terrestrial stalkers

Albatrosses: pelagic fish hunters

Bustards: terrestrial stalkers


4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2012 3:46 pm

    Interesting…. Thus the boreopterids (represented by Moganopterus) seems to be an exception to the norm…

    • December 27, 2012 12:47 am

      They occupied an ecological niche more or less similar to that of pelicans…which are also among the largest flying birds today (the Dalmatian Pelican is on average the heaviest flying modern birds; it’s just that exceptionally large bustards surpass it)

  2. December 29, 2012 10:01 am

    Indeed… I found it interesting that the males of the American white pelican (Pelicanus erythrorhynchos) have that wattle jutting on the maxilla just in breeding season… Might it be that the ornithocheirids’ various beak-bumps are sexual advertisement tools?

    • December 29, 2012 1:17 pm

      I’ve seen at least some comments suggesting that the jaw crests were more to provide jaw strength, though

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