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Harpy eagle

Harpia harpyja


The upper side of the Harpy Eagle is covered with slate black feathers, and the underside is mostly white, except for the feathered tarsi, which are striped black. There is a black band across the chest up to the neck. The head is pale grey, and is crowned with a double crest. The plumage of male and female is identical. The tarsus is up to 13 cm (5.1 in) long. Upper body of an adult in captivityFemale Harpy Eagles typically weigh 6 to 9 kg (13 to 20 lb) One exceptionally large captive female, "Jezebel", weighed 12.3 kg (27 lb). Being captive, this large female may not be representative of the weight possible in wild Harpy Eagles due to differences in the food availability. The male, in comparison , is much smaller and weighs only about 4 to 4.8 kg (8.8 to 11 lb). The wings are relatively short and stubby, the female wing length measuring 58.3–62.6 cm, and the male wing length 54.3–58 cm. Harpy Eagles are 89–105 cm (2.92–3.44 ft) long and have a wingspan of 176 to 201 cm (5 ft 9 in to 6 ft 7 in). It is sometimes cited as the largest eagle, however the Philippine Eagle is somewhat longer on average and the Steller's Sea Eagle is slightly heavier on average. The wingspan of the Harpy Eagle is relatively small, an adaptation that increases maneuverability in forested habitats and is shared by other raptors in similar habitats. The wingspan of the Harpy Eagle is surpassed by several large eagles who live in more open habitats, such as those in the Haliaeetus and Aquila genera. The extinct Haast's Eagle was significantly larger than all extant eagles, including the Harpy. (information from Wikipedia)


This spotting took place at Summit Zoo. The harpy eagle is the national bird of Panama, and the zoo here in the capital city has made this exhibit their centerpiece and focus.

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whistleandgrowl 10 years ago

A huge eagle but as i compare its size with the philippine eagle obviously it is almost 5% smaller in total size. One thing i am very much impressed is its legs and talon size....incredible.....though philippine eagle is larger in size and more majestic looking the harpy is impressive with its powerful built.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago


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Panamá, Panama

Spotted on Jun 8, 2007
Submitted on Jan 4, 2013

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