Some of the harpy eagle photos have gone viral on social media recently, leaving many wondering if there are actually birds, people in costume, or even the strangest creatures from sci-fi movies. To be honest, if you look at these photos, it could be any of them. But in reality it is just a bird. In fact, it is the largest bird on the planet. Meet the Harpy Eagle!
Also known as the American Harpy Eagle, this majestic bird is the largest and most powerful rainforest predator. This gigantic bird weighs between 8.5 to 20 pounds and has a wingspan of over 7 feet. Harpy Eagle’s fame grew on social media after a recent Reddit user shared a photos of this rare bird. His compilation garnered nearly 100,000 positive votes in less then a day.
However, despite its online reputation, this species is on the endangered species list. Harpy eagles are ferocious predators at the top of the food chain. However, due to human hand, mainly deforestation, their numbers have decreased significantly.
Native to the rainforests of Central and South America, fewer than 50,000 individuals remain in the wild, most of them in the Brazilian forests. Here he received a worthy name – the royal hawk.