Say hello to Heracles inexpectatus, a parrot the size of a human child. But don't worry, you won't meet one face to face. Our new discovery lived around 20 million years ago in what is now New Zealand — adding to the islands' rich and storied collection of remarkable bird species.
Heracles was truly a giant among birds. It was about 1 meter (3.2 feet) long, stood 80–90 centimeters (31–35 inches) tall, and weighed about 7 kilograms (15 pounds). That makes it about the same size as a dodo, and far bigger than its modern-day cousin, the kākāpō. Unsurprisingly, given its heft, it was likely also flightless.