Harpy Eagles are the largest and most powerful raptors in the Americas, and among the largest eagles on the planet.
It has a wide range, from Mexico in the north as far as Argentina to the south, but are rarely seen. By one estimate, there are between 20,000 and 50,000 distributed throughout its wide range, and is considered Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and threatened with extinction by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Size Matters and Description (via The Eagle Directory):
Length: 89-102 cm
Wingspan: 200 cm
Weight: Male: 4.0-4.8 kg. Female: 6.0-9.0 kg
Harpy Eagles are dark gray from above with a relatively small head, long legs and tail, and short wings. The underside is white, except for a thick black band across the chest. The tail has three wide gray bands and is tipped with white, while the underwing and thighs are barred black and white. The head is light gray with a blackish crest that is raised when the bird feels threatened; it may also serve to focus sound, similar to an owl’s facial disc. The beak is dark gray with a paler cere and the eyes are gray-brown. Feet and legs are light yellow—the talons are black, and can be up to 7 cm long.
It also possesses the largest talons of any living eagle.
- Harpy Eagle status update from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species
- Harpy Eagle at Avibase
- Harpy Eagle on The Eagle Directory
- Harpy Eagle on Wikipedia
These initial images were taken at the Parque Cóndor, a rescue and release bird park and sanctuary near Otavalo, Ecuador.