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Temporal range: Paleogene
Volgavis(why he so cute tho?)
Volgavis by José Carlos Corté
Scientific classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Charadriiformes
Genus: Volgavis
Nessov & Jarkov, 1989
Species: V. marina
Binomial name
Volgavis marina
Nessov & Jarkov, 1989

Volgavis (meaning Volga River bird) is a small shore bird from Paleogene Russia. The type and only species is V. marina.

Description and Classification[]

Volgavis is a small bird, possibly belonging to the order Charadiiformes, which houses all shore birds. Not much is known about this genus, as not much material has been found.


Volgavis is likely adapted to living near water, similar to modern day gulls or auks.