Wingtip to Wingtip
Measurements
of some North American Birds   

American White Pelicans and California Condors have the widest
wingspans of all North American birds,
spanning a full 9 feet from wingtip to wingtip!

How do other birds compare?

The wingspans of many larger birds often encountered in flight
are listed below:
California Condors   108 inches   (9 feet)

American White Pelicans    108"  (9')
Brown Pelicans                      84"  (7')

Whooping Cranes             87"   (7' 3")
Sandhill Cranes                73" to 90"                         
(Sandhill Cranes differ in subspecies size)

Great Blue Herons      72"   (6')
Tricolored Herons       36"   (3')
Great Egrets                 51"   (4' 3")
Snowy Egrets               41"   (3' 5")
Reddish Egrets            46"   (3' 10")
American Bitterns        42"   (3' 6")
Black-crowned Night Herons    44"  (3’ 8")

Wood Storks                 61"    (5' 1")
Greater Flamingos       60"    (5')
Roseate Spoonbills     50"    (4' 2")
White Ibis                      38"    (3’ 2”)
Glossy Ibis                    36"    (3')

Anhingas                                   45"   (3' 9")
Double-crested Cormorants   52"   (4' 4")

























Little Gulls                           24"
Bonaparte’s Gulls              33"
Franklin’s Gulls                  36"
Laughing Gulls                   40"
Ring-billed Gulls                48"
Herring Gulls                      58"
Western Gulls                     58"
Great Black-backed Gulls  68"

Least Terns                          20"
Black Terns                          24"
Common Terns                    30"
Caspian Terns                     50"

Black Skimmers                   44"

Layson Albatrosses             79"   (6’' 7")
Black-footed Albatrosses   80"  (6’ 8")
Magnificent Frigatebirds    90"
Northern Fulmars                42"
Sooty Shearwaters              40"
Wilson’s Storm Petrels       16"
Northern Gannets               72"
Bald Eagles          70" to 90"
Golden Eagles     80" to 88"

Ospreys                58" to 72"                   

Red-tailed Hawks            
50"
Swainson’s Hawks           52"
Ferruginous Hawks         53"
Rough-legged Hawks      56"
Red-shouldered Hawks  37" to 42"
Broad-winged Hawks      34"

Sharp-shinned Hawks     20" to 28"
Cooper’s Hawks               29" to 37"
Northern Goshawks         40" to 46"

Peregrine Falcons     36" to 44"
Prairie Falcons           35" to 43"
Gyrfalcons                   50" to 64"
Merlins                         25"
American Kestrels      23"

Crested Caracaras      50"

Swallow-tailed Kites    48"                
White-tailed Kites        
42"

Northern Harriers        38" to 48"


How Big is Your Wingspan?

Measure your own "wingspan."
Spread your arm as wide as you can, and have your teacher, parent or friend
measure the distance from hand to hand across the entire length of your arms
to find out how big your wingspan really is.


One More Fun Measurement:
Now measure how tall you are.
How tall are you?

Now compare you height and your wingspan measurements.
How do they compare? I'll bet they are almost the same length.

Isn't that an interesting coincidence?


              Are you as tall as a Whooping Crane?

Raptors

Because female birds of prey are significantly
larger than males of the same species, many
birds of prey have wingspan ranges listed:

Males have the shorter measurement; females
measure larger in the wingspans listed below.
Wingspans
Wood Stork   
5 feet  1 inch
61 inches
Wingspan?  
  
Red-shouldered Hawk
(big female)
42 inches
American White Pelicans
        9
feet   (108 inches)
Wingspan?
   

Find out what bird your wingspan
most closely matches.

Check the lists of birds above to see which
birds you compare to.

How do you compare with the tallest birds?

Whooping Cranes are the tallest birds in the United
States and Canada. They measure about 5 feet tall.

How much shorter are you than a Whooping Crane?

Or are you taller than a Whooping Crane?

Enjoy more fun activities on other pages
of Bird School
Whooping Cranes

87 inch wingspan!
60 inches tall
Ring-billed
          Gull
48 inches
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