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Aepyornithidae (elephant birds; class Aves, order Aepyornithiformes) An extinct family of large, flightless, running birds, that stood up to 3 m tall and laid eggs more than 30 cm long. There were about eight species; their remains have been found in Madagascar.

elephant birds

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elephant birds See AEPYORNITHIDAE.