The Harpy Eagle, is the second largest eagle in the world, and one of the most powerful predators in the Amazon. The female harpy eagle is larger than the male, measuring over three feet, with a wing span of six-and-a-half feet, and weighing 20 pounds. The males have a smaller wing span and weigh about 17 ½ pounds. These enormous birds have a crest of erectile feathers on their heads, powerful beaks and claws, and can live as long as 40 years. They like to dine on monkeys and sloths, as well as on green iguanas, snakes, and other birds. Despite their size, they are able to penetrate deep into the densest jungle to capture their prey and can take flight carrying three times their own weight in captured prey.
Photo: Walter Mancilla Huaman