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Argentavis magnificens
Temporal range: late Miocene, 8–6 mya
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Reconstruction of A. magnificens
Scientific classification
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Incertae sedis (disputed)
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Argentavis
Binomial name
Argentavis magnificens
Campbell & Tonni, 1980

Argentavis magnificens is one of the two largest flying birds ever discovered. This bird, sometimes called the Giant Teratorn, is an extinct species known from three sites from the late Miocene of central and northwestern Argentina, where a good sample of fossils have been obtained.

Currently accepted estimates:

  • Wingspan: approximately 8 m (23 ft)
  • Wing area: 8.11 m² (87.3 ft²)
  • Wing loading: 84.6 N/m²
  • Body Length: 1.26 m (4.1 ft)
  • Height: 1.7–2 m (5.6–6.6 ft)
  • Mass: 70–72 kg (154–171.6 lb)
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