With a seven-foot wingspan and speed up to 50 miles an hour, the Harpy eagle is one of the most powerful eagles that live on our planet.
These eagles live in the jungles of Mexico down to the northern parts of Argentina. Here, there are large trees in the canopy of lowland tropical rainforest, which are perfect for the harpy eagle’s nest. They build their homes on the top of the tallest trees. The nest consists of sticks, animal fur, and plants. It can be used multiple times and will continually be built so it can fit a human.
The Harpy eagle can exert 110 pounds of bone, and with its 5-inch talons (claws of a grizzly bear are 3 inches), it is one of the top predators in its habitat. Their preys are usually some dwelling mammals such as monkeys, sloths, squirrels. They hunt iguanas, birds, and snakes, as well.
The female harpy can reach twice the size of the male, and it can weigh up to 20 pounds. She can quickly snatch a 17-pound monkey and fly without any difficulties. The male eagles usually hunt smaller prey.
When hunting, the harpy sits and waits with patience, sometimes for hours. They fly with speeds up to 50 miles an hour, and they can see 220 yards away. Every two to three years, the female harpy lays eggs. The interesting fact about the young harpies is that they hang around for two more years to learn how to be the deadliest predators.
Even though the harpy is not an endangered species, their numbers drop drastically because of poaching and deforestation. You can find out more at http://www.pawspartners.org/blog/the-amazing-harpy-eagle