Predator birds are frightening but at the same time they are elegant. The Harpy Eagle is a perfect example of such unique combination of terror and beauty. Its sheer size and its power makes it the top predator of arena. Let us find out 40 interesting Harpy Eagle facts and understand what makes them so incredibly dangerous and effective killing machine. In the process, we will also learn about its unique beauty that has inspired Hollywood movie makers. You ready?
Interesting Harpy Eagle Facts: 1-10
1. The binomial name of Harpy Eagle is Harpia harpyja. It is a neotropical eagle species.
2. This big and powerful raptor is often referred to as the American Harpy Eagle simply for the sake of distinguishing it from Papuan Harpy Eagle and New Guinea Harpy Eagle.
3. This eagle is iconic and is found throughout South America and Central America. In fact, it is the most powerful and largest predatory bird of the Americas.
4. The name of the bird is derived from Greek mythological creatures known as ‘harpies’. Harpies, according to Greek mythology were monsters with wings and sharp claws and wore the face of a woman.
5. Harpy Eagle is blessed with rounded and broad wings as well as a long tail. However, compared to the total body size, the wings are relatively smaller.
6. The smaller wings of Harpy are actually an environmental adaptation to help increase the maneuverability in forest conditions. Though the wings are smaller compared to the body, they span up to 2 meters. Some can have wingspan of up to 2.286 meters.
7. Two things that make the Harpy a formidable predator are its strong hooked beak and its massive talons.
8. Its beak is extremely powerful and tear apart its prey with ease. As far as the talons of a Harpy are concerned, they are massive and can grow up to 4 inches in length.
9. It also has a powerful and long talon on the back of its claw which it uses for repeatedly stabbing its prey. A Harpy’s talons are as big as the claws of a full-grown bear.
10. Its legs are extremely powerful and pretty thick. In fact, its legs can be as thick as the wrist of a fully-grown adult human.