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Meet The Mystical Harpy Eagle – The Largest Eagle in The World (15 Pics)

This fierce, peculiar bird, with its expressive face and crown of feathers, is certainly a striking creature to behold

Facts About the Harpy Eagle

And in case this majestic and distinct appearance isn’t enough to impress you, the bird’s wingspan and height alone are.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

Many have compared the bird to a person cosplaying a bird, or to a Pokemon. We can see it both!

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

This powerful bird of prey stretches up to 3 feet 5 inches in height, and its wingspan reaches around 7 feet 4 inches.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

The harpy eagle lives in the rainforest and its outstanding size and striking appearance have made it quite a popular bird.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

This majestic bird is the largest in the world, in comparison, the bald eagle weighs around 12 pounds whereas the harpy eagle is between 13 and 20 pounds.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

Both males and females sport the same black, grey, and white feathers with raised feathers on its head giving them a puzzled expression.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

As if the harpy eagle’s upper body wasn’t terrifying enough, its talons are actually bigger than a grizzly bear’s.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

Measuring 5 inches in length, these talons are the largest in the bird kingdom, so it comes as no surprise this bird is at the of its food chain.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

The harpy eagle’s diet consists primarily of sloths, monkeys, and even some deer, although it is not limited to these.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

They have incredible eyesight and amazing flight ability meaning they are able to pick off tree-dwelling prey.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

Their powerful talons also come in handy when hunting, they use their ‘death grip’ to pick up prey weighing up to 17 pounds from the ground.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

These great predatory birds are found in rainforests all over the Americas, but there are less than 50,000 of these birds left worldwide.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

There are two types of the harpy eagle, the American and the Papuan types, and they are both found in the tropical lowland forests.

Meet The Harpy Eagle, A Bird So Big, Some People Think It's A Person In A Costume

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Written by Joe Kahlo

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