The Harpy is the largest eagle in the western and southern hemisphere, and the second largest in the world. However, it is the most powerful and robust bird of prey, which is why it can feed on large vertebrates such as monkeys, sloths and even deers. It is considered an apex predator and its conservation status is near threatened due to habitat loss and hunting.
The male is 96cm long and weighs 4.5kg and the female is 107cm long and weighs 7.5kg. It is huge and has short, rounded wings, a relatively long tail, and thick, strong legs and beak. In adults the head is pale grey, and the crest is occipital, black, pronounced and divided. The mantle, wing lining, and pectoral list are broad and black, and white below with black barring on the thighs, flanks, and anal region. The wings and tail are blackish above and light gray below, with pronounced black bands.
the harpy eagle is found in the western Andes, north of Chocó, Serranía de Baudó, middle Magdalena valley, upper Magdalena valley, northwestern Meta and Vaupés. It is also found in southeastern Mexico, northern Argentina, and southern Brazil.
Widely distributed in regions of humid forest, although it is capable of surviving in mosaics of patches of mature forests and clearings or open areas of forest or livestock exploitation.
It hunts during short flights among the treetops while keeping an eye or ear on its prey. It is the most powerful predator and can feed on large vertebrates such as monkeys, two-toed and three-toed sloths (showing a clear preference for those), possums, tayras, porcupines and many other species.
It is classified as a near threatened specie