When you see a harpy eagle for the first time, you would not believe your eyes.
You might question whether it’s a bird or a human wearing a costume.
Well it’s a really massive bird. And I mean, absolutely massive. Fierce. Proud. Majestic. Larger than life!!
Its eyes say, “You’d better not mess with me, kiddo, I eat folks like you for breakfast.”
Some may think it looks like a person, specifically a human cosplaying to be a bird. From another, it looks like a Pokemon too. While from a third, it looks like something that might have been kept in a secure cage somewhere in Area 51, after crash-landing in an alien spacecraft that was heading to Earth from Blargon-7.
Harpy eagles are popular on the internet. For example, one compilation photo of the harpy eagle got over 91,600 upvotes in less than 20 hours on Reddit. While the same picture got more than 120,000 views on Imgur in a similar time-frame.
Harpy eagles aren’t to be taken lightly. They are, after all, birds of prey. There are two kinds of harpy eagles: the American and the Papuan types.
Harpy eagles are the largest, most powerful raptors which are found in rainforests around the globe.
What’s more, they are among the very largest species of eagles on planet Earth. Their wingspan can reach up to 7 feet and 4 inches (224 centimeters), but they weigh only 8.5-20 pounds (3.8-9 kilograms).
Harpy eagles live in the upper canopy layer of tropical lowland forests, due to the destruction of its habitat, it’s nearly eradicated in Central America.
There are fewer than 50,000 of them left worldwide.The harpy eagle is also known by another name the royal-hawk, in Brazil.
According to Fact Zoo, harpy eagles eat larger prey than smaller birds: “Monkeys, tree porcupines, sloths, coatis, birds, snakes, lizards, etc.” We’re just glad that ‘people’ aren’t on that list!
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