Harpy Eagle – Largest Raptor in the World

Meet the largest Eagle on Earth! Harpy Eagles have a perfect name actually since they look almost exactly like a legendary hybrid from Greek/Roman mythology of the same name. Harpies were half-human and half-bird creatures also called “the hounds of mighty Zeus”. Ouch. Harpy Eagles are also called Royal-Hawk in Brazil. There are two kinds – American and the Papuan type and of course, both are the birds of prey. Enormous creatures, these eagles are the largest and most powerful raptors of today. They live in rainforests, usually in the upper canopy layer of tropical lowland forests. Fierce, majestic and proud they have a deadly stare that freezes the blood in our veins. These birds have wingspan up to 7 feet and 4 inches (224 centimeters), yet weighing only 8.5-20 pounds (3.8-9 kilograms). Due to the destruction of their habitat, their number is now less than 50.000 worldwide. As we’ve mentioned Harpy Eagles are large birds of prey, and they eat much larger things than other birds. Monkeys, tree porcupines, sloths, coatis, birds, snakes, lizards… Luckily humans are not on that list. Huh.

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At first, people think this is a person in a costume. But, yeah, no…

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Gloomy stare of death

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CAW!!

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This ‘little’ guy eats monkeys, tree porcupines, sloths, coatis, birds, snakes, lizards… Nice guy.

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Majestic and scary

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Wingspan up to 7 feet and 4 inches (224 centimeters), yet weighing only 8.5-20 pounds (3.8-9 kilograms)

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There are less than 50.000 Harpy Eagles worldwide

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They live in the upper canopy layer of tropical lowland rainforests

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