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.
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.
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.
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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.