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Re: New Zealand's Giant Eagle Showed Rapid Size Gain



Do you mean the giant putative megapode _Sylviornis neocaledoniae_.
There was a relative on Fiji, _Megavitiornis altirostris_, also very large
and also very extinct.

http://www.msstate.edu/dept/biosciences/ee3.pdf has the latter as a pigeon, and it's new enough to mention the crocodile *Volia* from the same island. The ref is given as pers. comm. T. H. Worthy. http://www.rsnz.org/publish/jrsnz/2004/009-lo.pdf, however, calls it a megapode and also mentions "a giant flightless pigeon *Natunaornis gigoura*".