The harpy eagle soars into today’s article. Their name refers to the Harpies of Ancient Greek mythology. These were wind spirits that took the dead to Hades, and were said to have a body like an eagle and the face of a human. If you have further questions, after the article, please ask below.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Harpia harpyja
Weight: 11 lbs (Adult)
Wingspan: 6+ feet
Height: Up to 40 inches
Lifespan: Up to 35 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) The talons of a harpy eagle are as long as a grizzly bear’s… up to 4 inches!
2.) The legs of an adult are a thick as an average man’s wrists.
3.) These eagles will typically hide prey in trees to come back to later. It’s like left overs!
4.) The harpy eagle typically hunts baby deer, monkeys, coatimundis, javelinas, agoutis, porcupines, sloths, armadillos, raccoons, and parrots.
5.) Due to their larger size, female harpy eagles can carry prey items weighing as much as 7-9 pounds back to their nest.
But wait, there’s more on the harpy eagle!
6.) Harpy eagles are monogamous, which means they mate for life.
7.) They range from Southern Mexico all the way down to Brazil!
Did you know…?
The nest of a harpy eagle measures 6 feet across and 1 foot deep! It houses 1-2 chicks that stay with mom and dad till about 5-6 months of age.
8.) Both male and female harpies are responsible for building the nest.
9.) Harpy eagles breed between April and November.
10.) Harpy eagle is diurnal (active during the day).