Holotype tibiotarsus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Enantiornithes
Genus: Sazavis
Nesov, 1989 vide Nesov & Jarkov, 1989
Binomial name
Sazavis prisca
Nesov, 1989 vide Nesov & Jarkov, 1989

Sazavis (meaning "lute bird") was an enantiornithine bird from the Late Cretaceous. It might have been related to Alexornis and Kizylkumavis and lived in what is now the Kyzyl Kum of Uzbekistan. There is a single species known to date, Sazavis prisca, which was named and described in 1989.[1] Sazavis would have been 18.5 cm (c.7 in) long in life, excluding the tail.[2]


Sazavis was found in the Bissekty Formation, rich in fossils dating back to around 90 million years ago (Cenomanian-Turonian). It would have lived alongside the hadrosaurs Gilmoreosaurus, Levnesovia and Cionodon, the basal ornithopod Amtosaurus, the ankylosaur Bissektipelta, the ceratopsian Turanoceratops, the non-avian theropods Archaeornithomimus, Caenagnathasia, Euronychodon, Itemirus, Kuszholia, Timurlengia, Urbacodon and Zhyraornis, the avians Abavornis, Catenolemius, Explorornis, Ichthyornis, Incolornis, Kizylkumavis, Lenesornis, Nanantius and Platanavis, the pterosaur Azhdarcho, the ichthyodectid fish Aidachar and an unnamed plesiosaur which was tolerant of brackish water.


  1. L. A. Nessov and A. A. Yarkov. 1989. Novye ptitsy Mela-Paleogena SSSR i nekotorye zamechaniya po istorii vozniknoveniya i evolyutsii klassa [New Cretaceous-Paleogene birds of the USSR and some remarks on the origin and evolution of the Class Aves]. In R. L. Potapov (ed.), Fauna i Ekologiya Ptits Evrazii [Faunistic and Ecological Studies of Eurasian Birds]. Trudy Zoologicheskogo Instituta, Akademiya Nauk SSSR 197:78-97 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano]
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  3. "Table 11.1," in Weishampel, et al. (2004). Page 216.