Bird

Harpy Eagle

Area: 
Southern Mexico to northern Argentina
Habitat: 
Rain forests
Food: 
Monkeys, sloths, opossums, porcupines, young deer, snakes, and iguanas
Size: 
35 to 41 inches tall
Babies: 
Chicks are covered with downy feathers and their are eyes closed when they first hatch.
Early South American explorers named these great birds after Harpyja, a half-woman, half-bird monster of Greek mythology.
Bold and Beautiful

The legs of a harpy eagle can be as thick as a small child's wrist, and its curved talonsThe claws of a bird of prey. are longer than a grizzly bear's clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons.! It may not be the largest bird of preyA bird that hunts and eats meat; also known as a raptor. Birds of prey use their talons to catch their food and their strong, curved beaks for tearing food into bite-sized pieces. Falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls are birds of prey. (that title belongs to the Andean condor), but it is definitely the heaviest and most powerful of birds.

 

Harpy eagles are fast, agile flyers. They fly low over the rain forestA woodland that receives more than 100 inches (250 centimeters) of rain each year. Tropical rain forests are known for warm temperatures, and have evergreen trees that form a dense, continuous canopy. Temperate rain forests have evergreen and deciduous trees, with temperatures that vary greatly with the season. and use their great talonsThe claws of a bird of prey. to snatch up monkeys and sloths that can weigh up to 17 pounds! These birds are patient hunters, a harpy eagle will perch silently for hours in a tree, waiting to drop on unsuspecting preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food..

 

You would think that the massive harpy eagle is invincible. But years of hunting, logging, destruction of nesting sites, and poaching have wiped out this birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. in many areas. San Diego Zoo Global is working with other groups to help harpy eagles in the wild.