Harpy Eagle

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 July 2009
Scientific Name
Harpia harpyja
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Harpia
  • H. harpyja
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
35 to 41 inches
79 inches
224 to 320 ounces


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

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Gavião-real
Czech (Cesky) Harpyje Pralesní
Danish (Dansk) Harpy
Dutch (Nederlands) Harpij
Finnish (Suomi) Harpyija
French (Français) Harpie Féroce
German (Deutsch) Harpyie
Italian (Italiano) Arpia Americana
Japanese (日本語) オウギワシ (Ougiwashi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Harpyørn
Russian (русский язык) Обыкновенная гарпия
Spanish (Español) Arpía Mayor
Swedish (Svenska) Harpyja
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