American Harpy Eagles

Harpy Eagle Facts | Facts about American Harpy Eagles

1. Harpy eagles make their nests side by side. These nests are normally found in Guyana and Panama with the distance of 3 km (1.9 miles) from one another.

2. Female eagles give two eggs in a nest measuring 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) in depth. The width of the nest measures at 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). They primarily build their nests on lofty trees averaging 16 to 43 meters (52 to 141 feet) in length. These nests are usually built from large sticks, animal hair, and leaves.

3. American harpy eagles mate for life and both the parents nurture only one chick in every two to three years. The incubation period lasts for 56 days.

4. The juveniles are capable to walk and stand in about 36 days.

5. The chicks fledge out after 6 months period but they will remain with their mother for 6 to 10 months. The male is normally responsible for bringing food while female engages in incubation.

They become mature after 4 to 6 years.

6. The harpy eagle is recognized by its slate black feathers that are seen at its upper side, with the undersides are mostly white. They have a pale grey head together with the crown.

7. Both male and female displays the same plumage. As in other raptors, females are larger than males.

harpy eagle size

8. The  tarsus of harpy eagle measures around 13 cm (5.1 inches) in length.

harpy eagle Weight

10. The  female  harpy eagles's weight measures around 6 to 9 kg (13 to 20 lb), with the largest female named jezebel weighed around 12.3 kg (27 lb) and male weighs around 4 to 4.8 kg (8.8 to 11 lb).

11. The harpy eagle's wingspan measures around 176 to 224 cm (5 ft 9 in to 7 ft 4 in).

12. The length of the wing chord is up to 54 – 63 cm (1 ft 9 in to 2 ft 1 in), with the tail measuring at 37 – 42 cm (1 ft 3 in – 1 ft 5 in).

13. It is fairly smaller than the philippine eagle but is still regarded as the largest specie.

14. it's takes silent flight from the nest to take on its prey. this is fact about
American harpy eagle.

territory of up to 20 sq. miles,These eagles can hunt over.

 interesting harpy eagle facts

15. Harpy eagle takes almost 3 days to digest a meal, and may hunt only twice a week.

16. The young harpy eagles may revert back to the tree where it was born, as long as the tree is not occupied by its parents. The heaviest harpy eagle weighs around 27 lbs.

17. Harpy eagles are aerobatics of all eagle species.

18. They swoop in at a speed of up to 48 mph.

19. Some of the most common prey-monkeys are titi monkey, capuchin monkey, spider monkey, squirrel monkey, howler monkey, and saki monkey.
They generally avoid smaller monkeys such as marmosets and tamarins. Eagles' Guyana have 37% diet composed of monkeys.

20. except monkeys, they also prey on arboreal mammals such as squirrels, opossums, anteaters, porcupines; large mammals include coatis, tayras, and kinkajous.
They are also known to attack macaws. Harpy eagle preys on hyacinth macaw, cracids, and curassows.

21. Like other, harpy eagles also prey on snakes; sometimes the prey size can be as large as deer, capybaras, and peccaries but this is seldom observed. On such prey was predated was of a deer weighing around 30 kg (66 lb).

 Because the harpy eagle is considered an apex predator (at the top of the food chain), its population numbers indicate to scientists the condition of the whole forest ecosystem in which it lives.