I’m sure everyone has had one of those mornings where they just wake up craving a big bowl of scrambled eggs. You then go through the process of having to crack several of them open in order to make enough to amount to any kind of meal. Well, imagine one the size of a coconut or even larger that could possibly be an entire meal. We are going to talk about that here today and find out exactly which modern day breed of bird lays the largest egg.
There are those that would assume that the breed of bird that lays the largest egg would in fact be one of the biggest birds. This seems like sound logic but very easily could be wrong as there are several breeds that reach considerable size in the world. Then there are also some that lay objects much bigger than one would imagine to come from any poultry of their size. One such creature is the Kiwi which is native to New Zealand and is about the size of a regular chicken. The interesting note here is that in terms of ratio this breed of bird lays the largest egg as they are said to be six times bigger than that of a normal chicken.
While the size ratio is an impressive feat by the Kiwi it is not the breed of bird that lays the largest egg. Some people at home may guess and say the penguin after all they are known for doing many interesting things with their unhatched egg and future offspring. It has been well documented in movies that they move around and protect the unborn babies as if it were their own life itself inside that shell. This is a very loving and caring act but a penguin is not the correct answer to our question.
So let’s discuss several of the larger flightless creatures and perhaps one of those is the breed of bird that lays the largest egg. We will start off with the Rhea and this big fluffy creature can be found normally in South America where they can get 6 feet tall and weigh over 80 pounds. One thing that makes the Rhea unique is that they only have 3 toes on each foot while most other winged-animals have 4 or more toes. Then there is the Emu which is a breed of bird that I like to calm the gentle giant as they can act tough and be mean at times but are usually soft on the inside. The Emu is slightly larger than the Rhea as they can get over 6 feet tall and weigh over 110 pounds in the right environment. But interestingly enough neither of these amazing creatures are the breed of bird that lays the largest egg.
Your original assumptions were probably correct when you thought that the Ostrich which happens to be the largest bird also lays the largest egg. This is in fact true and they are indeed a mouthful and that can be taken literally. It is common for these shells to be 6 inches long, 5 inches around and weigh as much as 3 pounds. They really do look like coconuts or a cantaloupe in your hands. I’m sure most of you reading along at home were correct all along but at least you found out some interesting facts about some of the other biggest birds from around the world.
Source(s) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostrich#Reproduction , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhea_(bird) , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penguin#Breeding