The Harpy Eagle
The fearsome Harpy is the biggest raptor in the Amazon as well as the largest eagle in the Americas. Harpy wingspans can reach 6.5 feet across, and they hunt everything from sloths, to monkeys, to opossums, and even the occasional brocket deer. Harpys are natural-born hunters whose talons can get to be 5-inches long. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, "that’s longer than a grizzly bear’s claws!" Females, which can grow to twice the size of the males, can weigh up to 24 pounds. Both sexes tend to stay away from humans, but can get defensive if they feel threatened or feel that their nests are in danger. Sadly, deforestation is affecting Harpy populations, which have been in decline since the 1800s.
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