Harpy Eagle

Harpia harpyja

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Harpy eagles are considered to be one of the world’s largest and most powerful eagles. Although this eagle has hind talons up to the size of grizzly bear claws, they typically can only fly with prey weighing up to approximately one half of their body weight.

Harpy eagles, like many other birds of prey, bring fresh green twigs and branches to the nest. Some researchers think this helps to fumigate the nest against insects and parasites, and provide a cooler environment for the nestling.


Tree-dwelling mammals, such as sloths, monkeys, coatis, porcupines, kinkajous, anteaters and opossums
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