This fierce, strange bird, with its expressive face and crown of feathers, is definitely a striking animal to behold.
And in case this magnificent and distinct look isn’t enough to impress you, the bird’s wingspan and height alone are.
Many have actually compared the bird to a person cosplaying a bird, or to a Pokemon. We can see it both!
This effective predator stretches up to 3 feet 5 inches in height, and its wingspan gets to around 7 feet 4 inches.
The harpy eagle lives in the jungle and its outstanding size and striking look have made it quite a popular bird.
This magnificent bird is the largest in the world, in contrast, the bald eagle weighs around 12 pounds whereas the harpy eagle is between 13 and 20 pounds.
Both males and females sport the exact same black, grey, and white feathers with raised feathers on its head giving them a puzzled expression.
As if the harpy eagle’s upper body had not been terrifying enough, its talons are really bigger than a grizzly bear’s.
Measuring 5 inches in length, these talons are the biggest in the bird kingdom, so it comes as no surprise this bird goes to the of its food chain.
The harpy eagle’s diet consists primarily of sloths, monkeys, and even some deer, although it is not restricted to these.
They have amazing eyesight and amazing flight ability meaning they are able to pick off tree-dwelling prey.
Their powerful talons also come in handy when hunting, they use their ‘death grip’ to pick up prey weighing as much as 17 pounds from the ground.
These great predatory birds are found in jungles all over the Americas, but there are less than 50,000 of these birds left worldwide.
There are two kinds of the harpy eagle, the American and the Papuan types, and they are both located in the tropical lowland forests.