With a wingspan that can reach seven feet, the harpy eagle is so big that some people think it looks like a human wearing a costume.
A Fierce Predator
The majestic raptor is native to the rainforests of Central and South America and is the national bird of Panama. It’s a fierce predator that feeds on full-grown monkeys and sloths.
Fun Facts About Harpy Eagles
- They hunt in the daytime.
- They have one chick at a time.
- Baby harpies stay with their parents until they’re two years old.
- They are also known as royal hawks and American harpy eagles.
- Their swooping speed can reach 50 mph.
A Big Beauty
This powerful, magnificent bird can stand three feet tall.
In a BBC documentary, biologists got up close to a harpy chick the size of a full-grown turkey and had an unnerving encounter with the chick’s mother.
Where Can You See a Harpy Eagle?
Fewer than 200 harpy eagles live in captivity. Many live in wildlife sanctuaries in Central America.