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Temporal range: Middle Eocene, 47 Ma
Messelirrisor halcyrostris.jpg
Fossil of Messelirrisor halcyrostris
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Messelirrisoridae
Mayr, 1998
Genus: Messelirrisor
Mayr, 1998
Type species
Messelirrisor halcyrostris
Mayr, 1998
Other species
  • M. grandis Mayr, 2000
  • M. parvus Mayr, 1998

The extinct Messelirrisor is a genus of Bucerotiformes, the sole representative of the family Messelirisoridae. They were tiny hoopoe-like birds that were the earliest representatives of the hoopoe/wood-hoopoe lineage, and they were among the predominant small forest birds of Central Europe during the Middle Eocene (some 49-37 mya). Fossilized remains of Messelirrisor have been found in the Messel Pit of Hesse, Germany.

Life restoration


  • Mayr, G. 2000. Tiny hoopoe-like birds from the Middle Eocene of Messel (Germany). The Auk 117(4):964-970

External links

  • Specimen photo. Retrieved 2007-AUG-22.

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