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Temporal range: Lutetian
E. cotei material from Switzerland
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Cariamiformes
Family: Phorusrhacidae
Subfamily: Psilopterinae
Genus: Eleutherornis
Schaub, 1940
Binomial name
Eleutherornis cotei
Gaillard, 1936
Location of E. cotei finds
E. cotei material from France

Eleutherornis cotei is a medium sized (estimated to be 1.5 meters tall) extinct flightless predatory bird, in the family Phorusrhacidae or "terror birds" whose remains have been found in Middle Eocene aged strata from France and Switzerland.[1]


  1. ^ Angst, D.; Buffetaut, E.; Lécuyer, C.; Amiot, R. (2013). ""Terror Birds" (Phorusrhacidae) from the Eocene of Europe Imply Trans-Tethys Dispersal". PLoS ONE. 8 (11): e80357. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080357. PMC 3842325Freely accessible. PMID 24312212.