Story: Extinctions

The demon duck of doom

The demon duck of doom

Bullockornis, nicknamed the ‘demon duck of doom’, was a huge flightless bird, now extinct, that lived in Australia. Larger specimens may have stood about 2.5 metres tall, and weighed up to 500 kilograms. Features of its skull, including a large beak, suggest that it may have been carnivorous, although here it is eating fruit.

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Richard Holdaway, 'Extinctions - Extinctions in the human era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Richard Holdaway, published 24 Sep 2007