The harpy eagle, scientifically renowned Harpia harpyja, is one of the biggest birds and the biggest eagle of all kinds. The species is distinguished by an emphasised sexual dimorphism for which the female appears way bigger than her male counterpart. If the male harpy barely reaches 7kg (15 lbs), the female weighs generally around 10 kg (22 lbs) with some rare records of 13 kg (29 lbs).

The heaviest Harpy Eagle ever registered was Jezebel at its weight amounted to 15 kg (33 lbs).

Pictore by Clément Jacquard shared via Wikipedia – licence Creative Commons 2.5

The colossal bird, characterised by retractable feathers behind its nape, is a carnivorous inhabitant of South America.

Its wingspan reaches 2 meters (6.5 ft) and the body can extend over 1 meter (3.5 ft) in length

The preys hunted by this majestic animal are for the most part little mammals such as monkeys and pet sloth whose the predator spots and harpoons with its mighty paws and claws. The bird is so strong to the point it is able to lift preys 3 times heavier than its own body weight. What happens afterward is taking the prey to its nest and finish it with its claws and beak.

Below: flying harpy Pic by Mdf shared via Wikipedia – licence Creative Commons 3.0

The marvellous animal, due to a constant erosion of its habitat, is soon at risk of threat  for its own survival

Example of an embalmed eagle hunting an Ara parrot placed in the Museum für Naturkunde of Berlin. Picture by Etemenanki3 shared via Wikipedia  – licence Creative Commons 4.0

On Reddit there are collected a few pictures of the harpy eagle in captivity showing one of the huge birds next to a man

🔥 the Harpy Eagle from NatureIsFuckingLit

Below: video of a hunt

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