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About the Harpy Eagle

Also known as: American Harpy Eagle

The Harpy Eagle or American Harpy Eagle is a powerful raptor that lives across Central and South America where it lives in the upper canopy layer of tropical rainforests.

Unfortunately the Harpy Eagle is threatened due to habitat loss and hunting as it was seen as a threat to life stock and humans because of its large size.

The National Institute of Amazonian Research in Brazil is currently conducting research at 45 known nesting locations that are being monitored by volunteers.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 July 2009
Scientific Name Harpia harpyja
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Harpia
  • H. harpyja
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
35 to 41 inches
79 inches
224 to 320 ounces
Range Central America South America


From IUCN Red List:
The Harpy Eagle is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species is classified as Near Threatened because it is suspected to be declining moderately rapidly owing to hunting and habitat loss.

International Names

  • Gavião-real (Brazilian)
  • Harpyje Pralesní (Czech)
  • Harpy (Danish)
  • Harpij (Dutch)
  • Harpyija (Finnish)
  • Harpie Féroce (French)
  • Harpyie (German)
  • Arpia Americana (Italian)
  • オウギワシ (Ougiwashi) (Japanese)
  • Harpyørn (Norwegian)
  • Обыкновенная гарпия (Russian)
  • Arpía Mayor (Spanish)
  • Harpyja (Swedish)

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