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Temporal range: Late Oligocene – Early Pleistocene
An artist's illustration of Pelagornis sandersi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Odontopterygiformes
Family: Pelagornithidae
Genus: Pelagornis
Lartet, 1857
Type species
Pelagornis miocaenus
Lartet, 1857
Referred species
  • Pelagornis chilensis (Mayr & Rubilar, 2010)
  • Pelagornis mauretanicus (Mourer-Chauviré & Geraads, 2008)
  • Pelagornis miocaenus (Lartet, 1857)
  • Pelagornis sandersi (Ksepka, 2014)

Pelagornis is a widespread genus of the prehistoric pseudotooth birds. These were probably rather close relatives of either pelicans and storks, or of waterfowl, and are here placed in the order Odontopterygiformes to account for this uncertainty.


The fossil specimens show that P. miocaenus was one of the larger pseudotooth birds, hardly smaller in size than Osteodontornis or the older Dasornis.


Four species have been formally described, but several other named taxa of pseudotooth birds might belong in Pelagornis too.

Synonyms and Relationships

In the Media

ARK: Survival Evolved Pelagornis


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