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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Teratornis merriami

…a species of teratorn (a group of extinct large condor-like birds) that lived in Early Pleistocene to Late Pleistocene North America. Although Teratornis wasn’t a condor it probably lived a similar lifestyle to one, although its large bill suggests it was an active predator. Teratornis likely had a diet of small mammals, fish and carrion, it probably played an important role in opening up the bodies of carcasses for smaller birds, like some modern birds. Numerous T.merriami have been found in the La Brea Tar Pits, it is thought that they were probably attracted by struggling mammals which would have been an easy meal. 

Teratornis lived in a time when humans were around, and were likely a food source for early humans. They were likely even large (and predatory) enough to consider infants as a food source.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Incertae sedis-Teratornithidae-Teratornis-T.merriami

Images: elrina753 and Nobu Tamura

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