Harpy Eagle

Harpia harpyja Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Harpia harpyja Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)

This extraordinary bird of prey, the largest eagle of the American tropics, is endangered in part because it’s relatively tame so easily killed by humans, but primarily because of loss of its rainforest habitat. It’s huge, females weighing up to 20 pounds in the wild, but has a fairly small wingspan, allowing it to maneuver through the forests where it preys on monkeys and sloths. Laura’s only experience with one was in a driving rain in the Darien Province of Panama, close to the Colombian border, where her group saw a full-grown, sopping wet fledgling near the nest.

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