(Before Cariama - the genus name for the red legged seriema bird).
Named By: Rovereto - 1914.
Classification: Chordata, Aves, Cariamae, Phorusrhacidae, Psilopterinae.
Species: P. simplex (type).
Size: Up to 1 meter tall.
Known locations: Argentina, Catamarca Province.
Time period: Late Miocene to early Pliocene.
Fossil representation: Enough to identify one species.
Although Procariama was one of the famous South American ‘terror birds’ it was actually one of the smallest being of a comparable size to Psilopterus and Paleopsilopterus, the other members of the Psilopterinae sub group. As such Procariama would have had a focus upon smaller prey animals that were too small for the larger terror birds like Devincenzia.