Thursday, December 10, 2009

Facts of the Harpy Eagle for Gracen

We decided to do this post because our friend Gracen sent us an email about Harpy Eagles. So, we found out more about them for him.

They don't live in North America. They live in southeastern Mexico, northern Argentina and southern Brazil.

The females are bigger than the males. They have a 6 1/2 foot wing span. A wing span is how long the wings are when they're stretched out both ways. They weigh between 10 and 20 pounds.

They strike their prey after pursuit among the trees. They eat sloths, monkeys, opossum and some reptiles and birds. They have rear facing talons with some as big as a grizzly bear's claw BUT the Harpy Eagle can only carry prey that is half of its weight.

They are endangered. The biggest threat is habitat loss and hunting.

Here are two pictures of Harpy Eagles.


  1. Well, Arden, I really liked the call. It was like "rrrrrr! rrrrr!". You know, I have a bird sport that I don't always like. They are playing the Vikings and I want the Vikings to win. They are called the Cardinals.
    Thanks Arden for doing the great bird history stuff. That was really nice of you.
    Thanks! Bye!
    Love, GTMZ5000 (Gracen)

  2. Dear Arden,Jill,Jessica and Little Bird, Guess what!We had a great day at our bird feeder this morning before going to church. We had visits by a red wing black bird (!), Carolina chickadees, blue jays, American gold finches, house finches, mourning doves, and a white wing dove and of course cardinals. But the best of all was Mr. piliated woodpecker...probably looking for YOU! It has been at least 14 months since we saw it when you were here last Thanksgiving, 2008. Here's looking for more treats tomorrow! Love, GrandDaddy and GranHope