Harpy Eagle

The Harpy Eagle is one of the largest, most powerful birds of prey. It is a magnificent carnivore that hunts during the day in the tropical lowland rainforests of Southern and Central America. The Harpy Eagle has dark gray feathers, a black band of plumage around its neck and a white underside. They can grow to almost three feet long and have a wingspan of about six and a half feet, with females growing about a third larger than males. They mate for life and live in large nests located very high in trees. Harpy Eagles feed primarily on tree-dwelling animals including sloths, monkeys, opossums, large reptiles, rodents and other birds. They swoop down on their prey and catch it with their outstretched, clawed feet.

  • Agility: 5/10

  • Charisma: 4/10

  • Intelligence: 5/10

  • Speed: 10/10

  • Stamina: 4/10

  • Strength: 5/10

  • Wisdom: 6/10

  • TOTAL: 39/70
Strengths
The Harpy Eagle has long, curved talons to the size of grizzly bear claws. They have excellent vision, both binocular and peripheral, and a powerful, hooked beak to tear food with. Their relatively short wings allow them to maneuver swiftly through thick forests and vegetation.

Weaknesses
Harpy Eagles are not very vocal and are highly susceptible to pesticide poisoning. They can only fly with prey weighing no more than half of their body weight

Best Animals to Adapt With
The Harpy eagle is one of the fasted predators on our list, but lacks in charisma and stamina. Because of this, it’s best chance for adaptation is to team up with the sexy Jaguar and the vigorous Piranha.

Enemies
Man

Increasing Their Survival Rate
The Harpy Eagle is listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN due to hunting, as well as the fragmentation and destruction of its habitat caused by development, wetland drainage, agriculture and logging. Visit The Peregrine Fund to learn how to help.

image credit: peregrinefund.org

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Folklore
Many legends exist regarding the Harpy Eagle—in Mayan folklore, they are known as a type of boogie man, and the ancient Aztecs believed that a spot where it landed dictated where they should build a city. Ancient Roman mythology states that Jupiter believed eagles could look directly into the sun and that they symbolized strength, power and freedom.