There’s no denying that eagles are majestic creatures, but the Harpy Eagle is a whole new level of majesty. They have a very expressive face, collar full of feathers with black and gray shades. What really sets them apart are these massive sizes.
The harpy eagle is a bird of prey that lives in the rainforest.
Some people, myself included, think that harpy eagles look like people wearing a bird costume.
There are approximately 50,000 harpy eagles in the world.
They usually live in the top layer of the canopy of local tropical forests, but are losing habitat due to deforestation.
Harpy eagles tend to eat sloths, porcupine monkeys, and very rarely fly long distances. While conserving their energy, they have the strength to pick up animals weighing nearly 20 pounds.
Their wingspan can reach up to 7 feet 4 inches.
Surprisingly, they usually only weigh between 9 and 20 pounds.
Many are now also found in zoos and nature reserves in North and South America.
Their claws are larger than a grizzly bear’s claw
In Brazil they are known as “The Royal Hawk”.
Sadly, harpy eagles are becoming a rare sight throughout Latin America as rainforest deforestation reduces their habitat. Since harpy eagles are monogamous and only raise one eagle every two years, even a slight decrease in numbers can make population recovery difficult.