The Time Terror Birds Invaded

  • Publicado el 22 ene 2018
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    About 5 million years ago, a new predator made its way from the south and onto the coastal plains of North America. It was a giant, flightless, carnivorous bird and came to be known by one of the coolest and most richly earned nicknames in all of paleontology: the terror bird.
    Correction! Thanks to Ben Creisler for pointing out that at 4:10, we mixed up the Paleogene Period with the Neogene Period. We regret the error and hope you still find these birds as terrifying as we do.
    Thanks to Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for the Titanis illustration. You can find more of Julio's work here:
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Comentarios • 1 079

  • Googlar
    Googlar Hace 4 d铆as

    Secretary Birds are really cool

  • Eye of Gruumsh
    Eye of Gruumsh Hace 12 d铆as

    If the Australians had lost the Emu War to these, it wouldn't be quite so embarrassing.

  • Lost
    Lost Hace 13 d铆as +1


  • A G
    A G Hace 15 d铆as

    I would've had one as a pet bird.

  • Mastermind Cow
    Mastermind Cow Hace 16 d铆as

    Would it be possible to find some (incomplete) DNA belonging to Titanis or one of its relatives?

  • Grace K sing
    Grace K sing Hace 25 d铆as

    Big bird's ancestry

  • mushnoodle
    mushnoodle Hace 26 d铆as

    But wasn't the terror bird technically a "dinosaur" too though?

  • Cajun Wing
    Cajun Wing Hace 26 d铆as

    Probably taste like chicken

  • Colin Shea
    Colin Shea Hace 27 d铆as

    I know these from ark

  • NorthsideRasta Rogers
    NorthsideRasta Rogers Hace 27 d铆as

    You mean they arrived in North America after moving from South America?

  • Azereus Mumko
    Azereus Mumko Hace 29 d铆as

    You need to be atleast lvl 52 to make terror birds

  • yo mama
    yo mama Hace 29 d铆as

    when i was little i called terror birds pick birds

  • Sr膽an Beck
    Sr膽an Beck Hace 29 d铆as

    Am I the only one, or does this man look like William Zabka?

  • Emily Ferguson
    Emily Ferguson Hace un mes

    imagine being killed by a pigeon

  • Mozam The Popchips Fag

    -Wait so this is Australian species:the Prequel?-
    interesting vid!
    -Except these nibs be from the Americas ok thats fair-

  • Mario C
    Mario C Hace un mes

    04:32 that leg is broken

  • james minor
    james minor Hace un mes

    Read that most are plants

  • Seth Barcello
    Seth Barcello Hace un mes

    So no actual evidence the "terror birds" engaged in predation?

    • trvth1s
      trvth1s Hace un mes +1

      Most speculation of extinct species being predators is mostly drawn on anatomy. We used to think the ''demon duck'' that lived in Australia was carnivorous but later found iut it wasn't.
      With that said; terror birds closest relative is a carnivore which stomps its food to death [the secretary bird].
      Most ''terror birds'' likely hunted small animals.

  • 1337fraggzb00N
    1337fraggzb00N Hace un mes


  • The_Lone_Wanderer
    The_Lone_Wanderer Hace un mes

    Terror birds? You mean fear turkey's?

  • Ethan Daniels
    Ethan Daniels Hace un mes +1

    They should make a horror movie of terror birds

  • Aquarius1011
    Aquarius1011 Hace un mes

    The terror birds probably weren't related to the ratites, from the other video, 'When birds stopped flying'.

    • trvth1s
      trvth1s Hace un mes

      You're right, they are not related, they are also not related to the ''demon duck''. All of these animals evolved flightless-ness independently, as did multiple ratites.

  • H.C's Chanel
    H.C's Chanel Hace un mes +1

    goes to show. as with most videos on this channel, it's not *the survival of the **_strongest_* but the *survival of the **_ADAPTABLE_* . can we please normalize saying that?

  • Geoffrey Lee
    Geoffrey Lee Hace un mes

    You mean North America ...

  • chronofinal
    chronofinal Hace un mes


  • kosmas chrisos
    kosmas chrisos Hace un mes +3

    Lvl. 1 Pigeon
    Lvl. 100 Terror bird

    That's how mafia works.

  • Theriomancer
    Theriomancer Hace un mes +1

    Why do people keep saying Terror Birds were the only predators in South America? There were also the large carnivorous Sparassodont marsupials like Borhyaena and Thylacosmilus and terrestrial crocodiles known as Sebecids like Sebecus and Langstonia. South America wasn't the soft and helpless continent that everyone seems to think it was!

    • trvth1s
      trvth1s Hace un mes

      A lot of those mammalian carnivores were not as big as the placental mammals who came from north America.
      The walking alligators were apex predators in their fauna but they went extinct long before the continents were even remotely close. Climate change and the die off of many of their pray led to their demise, what is interesting is that similar animals lived during the mesozoic. You had terrestrisuchus and once the mighhty postosuchus which was likely the apex predator in the Triassic, a lot larger then the more recent south American ''walking gators''. Convergence evolution you never know when they will re-appear

  • Nikki P.
    Nikki P. Hace un mes

    Something on Deep Sea fish? I think they went deeper to escape predation but what where they before that and what causes their predators to come into their environments? @pbseons

  • Erik Brantly
    Erik Brantly Hace un mes

    How do you give knowledge and education a thumbs down?

  • Lemunjoos
    Lemunjoos Hace un mes +1

    Actually love this presenter, his passion really comes through along with his own quirk

  • Monkey D Theories
    Monkey D Theories Hace un mes

    It鈥檚 that thing from Up

  • SockPuppet80
    SockPuppet80 Hace un mes

    What is _up_ with that cat's hindquarters at 5:23? How could it possibly twist that far? Why would it ever want to?

  • sunshadow7XK
    sunshadow7XK Hace un mes

    We call the terror birds in australia "cassowaries".

  • JayTheBoss98
    JayTheBoss98 Hace un mes +1

    Damn birds

  • Eliska Anna Horvatova
    Eliska Anna Horvatova Hace un mes

    This reminds me of a freaking SHOEBILL ...I'm terrifyied...

  • spacejamgoliath
    spacejamgoliath Hace un mes

    Every video description "we messed up, oh well"

  • David Pate
    David Pate Hace un mes

    *Ark flashbacks engage*

  • Irondarkness Darkness
    Irondarkness Darkness Hace un mes

    Not Even the best Master made armor Plus super elixer will save you from one of those ,铆deo.html

  • Ethan N
    Ethan N Hace un mes

    0:43 ostrich

  • Jennings Gardner
    Jennings Gardner Hace un mes

    What was the predator u talked about at the beginning that was 3 meters tall?

  • John Law
    John Law Hace un mes

    How do animals adapt ? Is like if there is food in the ocean only then a dinoursaur need to turn into a whale ? This don鈥檛 happen overnight. Certain a complete change in DNA.

  • The Big Unhappy
    The Big Unhappy Hace un mes

    Terror birds still exist. Emus

  • Powder Potato
    Powder Potato Hace un mes

    Australia vs Emus, next is Motherland Russia vs Terror KFC.

  • duran miller
    duran miller Hace un mes

    Terror birds were in Florida!?

  • Lewis Goldsberry
    Lewis Goldsberry Hace un mes

    I really bait Terror Birds could hunt small dinosaurs

  • ForbidenNinja
    ForbidenNinja Hace un mes +2

    Totally underated ESclips channel. Providing so much valuable information about our history for free. Love you guys!

  • Connor Young
    Connor Young Hace un mes

    Can you do an episode on the divergence of placental and marsupial mammals?

  • OPT s
    OPT s Hace 2 meses

    The dodo is a terror bird

  • cinco0 cinco
    cinco0 cinco Hace 2 meses

    Can you make one about the weird creatures that inhabitated the island of south america during the miocene?

  • Hispanic!! at the disco

    Chocobos existed?

  • GuyFoxy Inc.
    GuyFoxy Inc. Hace 2 meses

    Like emus on steroids

  • xGull
    xGull Hace 2 meses

    Big bird meta

    ERASTU5 Hace 2 meses

    The teror bird look like evolutioned t rex, scince t rex close to chiken...

  • conan273
    conan273 Hace 2 meses

    165 Milion years ago ?! So before the Comet killed the dinosaurs giant sloths (mamals) were roaming th茅 Wold ??

  • peter papadimitriou
    peter papadimitriou Hace 2 meses

    And yes I would not like to die by being picked up by one of these birds and dropped on a rock over and over again

  • peter papadimitriou
    peter papadimitriou Hace 2 meses

    Very cool

  • HeyNonyNonymous
    HeyNonyNonymous Hace 2 meses

    Here's what I want to know: from dimetrodon to spinosaurus - what's with the bloody sail on the back? Why does it keep popping up in unrelated species of reptiles? What do these animals have in common that could explain this?

  • Person Person
    Person Person Hace 2 meses +2

    I want to try that in KFC

  • xcogames
    xcogames Hace 2 meses +1

    Succccccccchhhh an amazing channel!! :D

  • Pedro Ruiz
    Pedro Ruiz Hace 2 meses

    this guy sounds like Trey the explainer

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  • rohit sangale
    rohit sangale Hace 3 meses

    but what happened to terror birds in south america ..?

  • Bud Borne
    Bud Borne Hace 3 meses

    This is why there so annoying in Ark

  • shai miara
    shai miara Hace 3 meses

    By terror birds you mean the old name of the species - Diatryma/Gastronis?

  • Zardoz
    Zardoz Hace 3 meses

    For a more accurate portrayal, PBS should show the shorelines with vegetation according to the sea levels. That way it less confusing with the shaded blue areas. Maybe help people understand that millions of years later why humans and possibly the Hominina ancestors may have actually crossed from continent to continent in vast world migrations that have been taking place many many tens of thousands of years before is academically accepted.

  • Legendary Pickle
    Legendary Pickle Hace 3 meses

    *Dodos on steroids*

  • SPudrKid
    SPudrKid Hace 3 meses

    I wish terror birds were still alive they would have been cool and terrifying

  • Vanessa Aguilar
    Vanessa Aguilar Hace 3 meses

    1:11 why do they look like a boy band? Check out Terror Birds New Hit single:
    Eat You Alive!

  • cynical_misanthropic_nihilist

    Awww, they're like a giant , sociopathic Tweetybird.

  • Chill And Jill
    Chill And Jill Hace 3 meses +1

    Terror Birds: I fear no man... but that thing *points at KFC* scares me

  • sharkfinbite
    sharkfinbite Hace 3 meses

    Do you people realize since this is a bird, it could swallow larger stuff whole than other animals? If you ever paid attention to nature doc.'s and birds in real life they tend to be able to gulf things down at larger sizes. A cassowary can swallow a cassowary fruit easily. A sea gull is known to have shown in a video to gulf down a pigeon whole. Then there is that one video of wild birds sneaking up and literally swallowing baby chicks whole... alive. This means this beast possibly swallowed small mammals maybe the size of a cat whole.. alive.

  • NexusSpacey
    NexusSpacey Hace 3 meses

    3:46 isn't that funny

  • Michael Northwood
    Michael Northwood Hace 3 meses

    The North is just better.

  • Pikachu and pichu with friends

    1:11 the 3rd one is a cockatiel in a nutshell.

  • indrajeet
    indrajeet Hace 3 meses

    There were preadtory mammals in south america like marsupial lions.

  • SeriouslyYT
    SeriouslyYT Hace 3 meses

    Hmm ok.. the Gastornis.

  • Siham Noor
    Siham Noor Hace 3 meses

    Looks like a crazy dodo

  • Branden apexo
    Branden apexo Hace 3 meses

    Kiiiinnnda glad these went extinct o__o

  • CloudsGirl7
    CloudsGirl7 Hace 3 meses

    ...So the flut-fluts from Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy were REAL?! Some of these illustrations/renderings certainly bring them to mind for me. Only the real things (or at least some of them) were clearly much bigger, holy crap...

  • Brendan thoj
    Brendan thoj Hace 4 meses

    Wow that鈥檚 a new one - immigrants from North America

  • zillailluhr
    zillailluhr Hace 4 meses

    I wish my nickname was *THE TERROR BIRD*

  • Steve Lawrie
    Steve Lawrie Hace 4 meses

    There are quite a few birds that today beat the daylights out of their prey. One of those is the Australian Kookaburra.

  • movie clips
    movie clips Hace 4 meses

    Please say about life in ice age

  • Lute The Mage
    Lute The Mage Hace 4 meses

    Glyptodon! Diprotodon! Giant ducks! Moa! Megatherium. Please do videos on these.

  • Darth Awar
    Darth Awar Hace 4 meses

    They just should have built a wall a great wall the best wall!

  • Blues BX
    Blues BX Hace 4 meses


  • Josefin Nord
    Josefin Nord Hace 4 meses

    Such beautuful birds..

  • Brad Campbell
    Brad Campbell Hace 4 meses

    Seriously annoyed with JP and depicting dinosaurs that make noise and pose after a kill of any kind. Seems like human emotional elements added where none existed. You don't roar after a kill and prance about. Or something will chase you off your kill and eat it for you..

  • Vin Mag
    Vin Mag Hace 4 meses

    Do a history on the moors

    ANO NYM Hace 4 meses

    You guys should really do an episode about the Great American Biotic Interchange as a whole!

  • Michael Salter
    Michael Salter Hace 4 meses

    鈥淢ember that time when the terror birds invaded? Member that? ... that was awesome.鈥

  • favoejr
    favoejr Hace 4 meses

    They forgot Gastornis

  • Serasia
    Serasia Hace 4 meses

    Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel features a terror bird. It's a nice read. It's set 600 billion years ago with a lot of prehistoric animals featured.

  • Johnny Aingel
    Johnny Aingel Hace 4 meses +1

    Excellent video thank you so much for sharing this incredible story

  • Mi NX
    Mi NX Hace 4 meses

    I'm imagining a giant Titanis w. just kind of *floating* right now. It's kind of like a buoy. Of death.

  • Cherry Bomb
    Cherry Bomb Hace 4 meses +1

    The love of my budgie sends me here

  • Thanos shrek Thanos shrek
    Thanos shrek Thanos shrek Hace 4 meses +1

    Vid about scare birb

  • seattwa
    seattwa Hace 4 meses

    I wonder why Terror Birds are never in any movies?

  • Xuan Luu
    Xuan Luu Hace 4 meses

    Giant armadillo and ground sloth survived in the north because they have dangerous weapon that would take out predator

  • Sierra Spencer
    Sierra Spencer Hace 4 meses

    I鈥橫 IN SHOCK