Many Phorusrhacids were quite small, about to 2 to 3 feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) tall, but the largest species were enormous standing 10 feet (3 meters) tall. The larger species were almost certainly fast runners, and might have been able to reach speeds of as much as 30 mph (48 km/h).
Phorusrhacids are believed to have generally had beaks with a hooked-curve, similar to that of an eagle, and additionally their feet may have had sharp claws. Generally speaking, most Phorusrhacids had shorty, stubby and effectively useless wings, however the wings of one genus, Titanis, seem to have a joint-like structure, digits that could flex to some degree (unlike the fused digits of most birds), and may even have ended in a clawed finger.
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Phorusrhacids were carnivorous (meat-eating) birds that lived between 62 and 2 million years ago
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