What are harpy eagles?



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    Harpy Eagles are named after the harpies in ancient Greek mythology. They are the most powerful and largest Raptors in the Americas. They are mostly covered with black feathers on top and white on the bottom. As far as their diet is concerned, they tend to eat such animals as monkeys, sloths, porcupines, and many other tree-dwelling mammals.

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    Harpy Eagles are a South American bird of prey, one of the largest eagles in the world. They have a wingspant of about 6.5ft and measure about 35-41in in length. They feed on other arboreal animals, like sloths, monkeys, opossoms, some reptiles, and other birds. They weigh 10-20lbs and have been known to carry half their body weight in their talons. They are named after Harpies, the ancient greek mythological bird of prey with claws, wings, a vulture’s body, and a woman’s face.

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    Harpy Eagles are classified as Near Threatened due to the continuation of deforestation in their habitats of Central and South America.  They mate for life, usually raising one chick at a time (both parents help in parenting) in high tree top or cliff nests.  The females are typically bigger than the males by quite a few pounds, and they can reach speeds of 50mph.

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    These are crested tropical eagles with a blackish back, white underparts, and a gray head with a double crest. Native to lowland forests of southern Mexico to northern Argentina.
    Latin name: Harpia harpyja

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