It’s no wonder the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) is named after the huge mythological beast. The largest and most powerful raptor in the rainforest, it looks so unbelievable many people mistake it for a guy in costume when they first see it.
Just look at this baby!
Harpy eagles are found in Central and South America, from Mexico to Brazil.
Naturally, they’re at the top of the food chain.
With claws like these you don’t really have much to be scared of.
They mostly prey on sloths and monkeys.
Harpy eagles are huge, with a wingspan of up to 7’4” (224 cm).
However, they’re not very heavy, never weighing more than 20 lbs. (9 kg).
Harpy eagles live in the upper canopy layer of tropical lowland forests.
There are fewer than 50,000 of them left worldwide.
Don’t ever attempt this!
Even the skull looks scary.
Have you ever heard of this bird before?