The Biggest Eagle

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The Biggest Eagle: Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)

A seven foot wingspan and hind talons the size of grizzly bear claws makes the Harpy eagle the world's biggest eagle. Creating a dramatic silhouette against its jungle habitat, the Harpy eagle can raise a signature crown of feathers on the top of its head. Found in the tropical lowlands of South America, Harpy Eagles are most commonly found in large forests and feed on sloths, monkeys, reptiles, and smaller birds. Ranked as an endangered species, the Harpy's biggest threat is deforestation of its habitat. These eagles need large tracts of land to hunt in, and the man-made pressure on their population is taking its toll.

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