Believed to have roamed the island of Madagascar until their extinction around the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries, the first of its species, Aepyornis
maximus, had often been considered to be the world's largest bird.
Andrews as Aepyornis
titan -- a larger species of Aepyornis
Island', a short story from the Pall Mall Budget of 13 December 1894 (later collected in The Stolen Bacillus), features a collector for a museum who travels to Madagascar where he discovers the bones and three eggs of a bird, long thought extinct, preserved in a tar-like mud.
39 On which island did the extinct bird Aepyornis
, 10 feet high and laying two-gallon eggs, live?