“Terror Bird”

Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 25 2006

Dog Swallower

“Imagine an ostrich with larger, more powerful legs and neck, armed with massive claws,” said Herculano Alvarenga, a terror-bird expert at the Museu de História Natural in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

“An ostrich, the largest living bird, can swallow an apple. But a phorusrhacid could swallow a medium-sized dog in one gulp,” Alvarenga said.

The smallest known terror bird, Psilopterus lemoinei, was the size of a harpy eagle and weighed about 18 pounds (8 kilograms). The largest terror bird was the gargantuan Brontornis burmeisteri, which stood nearly 10 feet (3 meters) tall and weighed a whopping 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms).

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One Response

  1. dragon girl says:

    great story! it is so amazing what we found out about animals in the past. this bird resembles what i have heard called a thunder bird. these birds have been seen in many places in the united states. maybe some how a few of these birds are still living. it’s possible, of couse anything is possible.

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