11 aug. 2019
Strigogyps is an early bird that lived during the Eocene and Oligocene period in Europe. Its legs were very long and adapted for running, indicating that it had a walking lifestyle like seriemas. Scientists even think that its wings weren’t capable of flying, or at least for long distances. Strigogyps was about the same size as a large chicken and several specimens have been discovered. Because the skull of Strigogyps has never been found, it is uncertain what its diet was. Some signs of a gizzard and crop indicates that it was mainly herbivorous, or at least omnivorous. Its habitat consisted of subtropical forests and open clearings.
A total of three species have been assigned to the genus of Strigogyps. S. dubius was described in 1908 and was thought to be a primitive owl. It was also thought to be closely related to the large South American terror birds. Nowadays, they are placed within the order of Cariamiformes, or Seriemas.
Gaillard, C. (1908). Les oiseaux des Phosphorites du Quercy (Vol. 23). A. Rey.