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Prehistoric Bird of the Day - Psilopterus

By June 13, 2011

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As phorusrhacids, or "terror birds," go, Psilopterus was the runt of the litter--this prehistoric bird only weighed about 10 to 15 pounds, and was a positive shrimp compared to larger, more dangerous phorusrhacids like Titanis, Kelenken and Phorusrhacos. Even still, the heavily beaked, stockily built, short-winged Psilopterus was more than capable of doing extensive damage to the smaller animals of its South American habitat; it was once thought that this petite terror bird could fly and climb trees, but it was probably as clumsy and land-bound as its fellow phorusrhacids.

Read more about prehistoric birds like Psilopterus: Prehistoric Birds - The Story of Bird Evolution

Photograph of Psilopterus: Wikimedia Commons

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June 21, 2011 at 11:32 am
(1) Mike says:

Interesting! I hope that everyone had a great weekend, having a great week and I hope that they have another great weekend! I also hope that they had both a gret Flag Day and Father’s Day! That goes for last year and all the other years that I’ve missed. I’m sorry that I didn’t say anything about this last week,but it slipped my mind!

June 21, 2011 at 11:34 am
(2) Mike says:

I meant “great”. I’m sorry about the typo.

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