Scientists have uncovered evidence of an enormous parrot in New Zealand (of course).
Before humans arrived, islands were funhouses when it came to avian evolution, producing giant, often flightless birds.
Scientists first found the fossils – a pair of partial tibiotarsi – in 2008.
Though they first thought the bones came from an eagle, according to the paper published in Biology Letters, their shape and proportions seemed more parrot-like.
They named the bird Heracles inexpectatus, after the unexpected nature of the find as well as the giant size of the bird.
The same scientists had previously named a group of extinct parrots the Nelepsittacus (after Neleus from Greek mythology), which are closely related to a group of birds named after Neleus’ son Nestor.