or Dinornis robustus
- one of 10 species.
Once native to New Zeland, the Moa are thought to have become extinct about 1500, although some reports speculate that a few stragglers may have persisted in remote corners of New Zealand until the 18th and even 19th Centuries. They were a sight to behold, as females of the Giant Moa species often grew to 13-14 feet tall and believed to weighed upward of around 700 pounds.
Closest living relatives: Australian emu and cassowary. Not the kiwi, like was once thought.
Natural enemies: Harpagornis (a.k.a. Haast's Eagle), the world's largest eagle and largest known flying bird, which is also now extinct.
Female Haast's Eagles weighed in at 14 kilograms (30 pounds), and males at about 10 kilograms (22 pounds). They had a wingspan of about 3 meters, which is short for a bird of the Haast's Eagle's weight. But thats for another time