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Phorusrhacos the Terror Bird

Phorusrhacos (meaning Bearer Wrinkle) is an extinct, giant flightless predatory bird called a Terror Bird that lived in Patagonia in South America during the Miocene to the early Pleistocene epoch. P. longissimus closest living relative is the much small Seriema of modern South America. This terror bird roamed the grasslands and woodlands where it hunted its prey.


P. longissimus stood up to 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) tall and weighed approximately 130 kilograms (290 lbs). It had an enormous skull up to sixty centimeters long, armed with a powerful, hook-tipped beak. The structure of the beak and the long claws on its toes show that the bird was carnivorous.

In the Media[]

  • Phorusrhacos made its 1st Stop Motion appearance The Mysterious Island in 1961 as a killer cock.
  • It also appeared in one of the episodes of animated action show Valley of the Dinosaurs by Hanna-Barbera.
  • It made its 2nd CG Documentary appearance in the 4th episode of Prehistoric Park.
  • Phorusrhacos was seen in the 2008 film 10,000 B.C.
  • Phorusrhacos can be created in the Glacier Park of Jurassic Park: Builder as a limited edition creature.
  • Phorusrhacos is a Cenozoic super rare Savannah creature in Jurassic World: The Game. Phorusrhacos is a common Cenozoic creature in Jurassic World: Alive.