The Biggest Eggs Of The Animal World

All of us know that birds lay eggs. In fact eggs for most of us are part of our daily diet. While the eggs we consume weigh about 50 grams, in wild, birds lay eggs that are much larger. Here is a list of top 5 birds that lay the largest eggs in the world.

#1 Ostrich – The heaviest egg is 2.5kg

Ostrich and their egg

The ostrich as most of you know is a flightless bird that calls Africa home. They lays the largest eggs of all extant birds in the world. The eggs weigh more than 1.4 kilos and are almost 13 centimeters wide and 15 centimeters long. The Guinness record for the largest egg by a living specimen, goes to an ostrich from a farm in Sweden owned by Kristan and Gunnar Sahlin and the egg weighed 2.5 kilos!

#2 Emu – The heaviest egg is 650g

Emu and their egg

Emus are the second largest living birds in the world next only to Ostrich whose genes are related. This makes it clear that emus are also flightless birds. Emus are only found in Australia and they are present in the Country’s coat of arms too.
An interesting information about Emu is that during breeding season it is the female that fights with other females for mates unlike most other species and the nesting duties are carried out by the males. Also, the female can nest two three times a year too if it is able to find partners. The eggs of an emu are quite that they weigh as much as 650 gms. The eggs of an Emu can remind one of Dragon eggs! They are dark green in color and can at times look quite shiny too.

#3 Cassowary – The heaviest egg is 584g

Cassowary and their egg

Cassowaries are third in this list, but they do belong to the same family as the ostrich and Emus and like them the cassowaries too lay huge eggs which are generally bright green or pale green-blue in color. The cassowaries are only found in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea and North eastern Australia. They are second heaviest birds in the world and third tallest next to ostrich and emu.
In spite of their aggressive behavior they have not been very successful in survival and are considered endangered in most of their habitats. Attempts of breeding in captivity have not been so successful as the bird yearns for a tropical rain forest habitat. It is therefor essential that humans conserve the habitat of cassowary to prevent them from going extinct. The other large members of the Ostrich, emu and cassowary family like the rhea also lay huge eggs.

#4 Trumpeter Swan – The heaviest egg is 350g

Trumpeter Swan and their egg

Quite easily one of the largest flying birds with respect to wingspan, the trumpeter swan also lays huge eggs. The eggs of a trumpeter swan weigh as much as 350 grams and easily is the largest of all flying birds.
The trumpeter swan is found across North America. Swans are known to travel great distance to find suitable place to breed and the trumpeter is no different. They generally breed in the Eastern part of the continent. The trumpeter swan apart from being one of the heaviest flying birds are one of the most beautiful species too.

#5 Kiwi – The egg is almost 20% of the bird’s weight!

Kiwi and their egg

Though the Kiwi is not one of the largest birds in the world, the kiwi definitely deserves a place in this list as it lays the largest egg with respective to the bird’s size. No one yet has understood as to why the kiwi lays such huge eggs.
A species endemic to New Zealand the kiwi is a very shy and timid flightless bird and is known to live in deep burrows. They have other unique adaptations like short stout legs, hair like feathers and nostrils that help detect prey at the end of their long beak. These adaptations along with their capability to lay large eggs have made the kiwi quite famous internationally that New Zealanders are generally called as Kiwis.
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