Also known as: American Harpy Eagle, Harpy, Jungle Eagle
Average length: 86.5 – 107 cm (34 – 42 in.), wingspan 1.8 – 2.2 m (6 – 7.2 ft.)
Adult weight: Females: 7.6 – 9 kg (16.8 – 20 lb.), Males: 4 – 4.8 kg (9 – 10.6 lb.)
Diet: Vary varied but mostly tree dwelling species, primarily sloths and monkeys but also porcupines, anteaters, parrots and macaws. Sometimes preys on agoutis, collared peccaries, snakes, lizards and fish.
Natural predators: None (top of the food chain)
Lifespan in the wild: Unknown
Clutch size: Two eggs though one of them is normally ignored
Natural habitat: Large uninterrupted stretches of lowland tropical forest. Up to 900 m (3,000 ft.) and locally to 2,000 m. (6,500 ft.)
Geographical range: Rare throughout extensive range, from southern Mexico to Bolivia, from Ecuador to Guyana and from south-eastern Brazil to north-eastern Argentina
Interesting Harpy Eagle facts
It is such a powerful bird that it has been seen picking up animals such as sloths of over 6 kg (13 lb.).
Their extremely powerful claws (“talons”) can be as large as a grizzly bear’s.
Female Harpy Eagles are about twice the weight of males and accordingly hunt significantly larger prey.