Harpy eagles are some of the world's largest and most powerful birds of prey. The largest eagles of the Americas, they are also mean fliers. They hunt in and around the canopy of Central and South America's rainforests, striking at animals with deadly precision - sloths and monkeys are particular favourites. The unfortunate victims are subdued with large, viscious talons that a grizzly bear would be proud of. Named by early South American explorers after the half-woman/half-eagle monster of Greek mythology, these legendary eagles are seldom seen in the wild.
Scientific name: Harpia harpyja
American harpy eagle
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Harpy eagle distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1