Argentavis Facts

  • Although very few things are certain about this magnificent bird, below we compiled a list of probable facts about it.
  • The argentavis had a maximum wingspan of 7.6 meters (25 foot)
  • It probably weighed up to 70 kg (155 pounds)
  • Its habitat was in South America, fossils have been found mainly in today’s Argentina, hence the name.
  • It lived up until six million years ago.
  • Its diet consisted mainly of meat and most probably it was a scavenger.
  • It flew like a glider.
  • It laid one or two eggs every two years and cared for their small ones until they were at least 18 months old.
  • It probably did not have any predator to worry about.
  • The bird that they most likely resemble is the Andean Condor.
  • The name “Argentavis” comes from the merging of two Greek words and mean “Argentinian bird”.
  • It did not tear its food apart but probably swallowed its prey whole.
  • It flew at a speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph).
  • A single bird probably had a territory of 500 square kilometers where it searched for its food.
  • They lived long lives, as they were fully mature only when they were around 12 years old. An argentavis could have even reached the age of 100 years!
  • The cause of their extinction is not well known.