an extinct genus of ratite birds, best known from the Pleistocene Epoch of Madagascar, having massive legs and rudimentary wings, and growing to a height of 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Historical Examples

Lastly must be noted the extinct tall Ratite species of Aepyornis with its several fancy genera.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7 Various

Birds of medium size, not having the heavy and massive build of Aepyornis.
Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild

any of the large extinct flightless birds of the genus Aepyornis, remains of which have been found in Madagascar


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