Harpy Eagle Facts
The screaming of Red and Green Macaws could be heard as guests of Posada Amazonas reached the canopy tower.
As they began to walk up the tower steps, their guide said, “The macaws are making a lot of noise this morning. It sounds like they are upset about something. However, they always love to make so much noise that it’s hard to say if the macaws are truly mad or not.”
“What would make them mad”? asked a 10 year old guest.
“I’m not sure. Could be monkeys or maybe even a snake.”
As they climbed up into the higher reaches of the forest, the macaw screams became louder and clearer. The silhouettes of two macaws could also be seen through the treetops as they flew around in a big circle. When the group had reached the upper levels of the tower, they could see their guide using his binoculars to check the area where the macaws were flying around. Suddenly, he let out a gasp and exclaimed in a harsh whisper, “Harpy Eagle!”
He quickly focused a telescope on the bird and as guests took turns gazing at the avian king of the rainforest canopy, he told them, “We are very lucky today! Harpy Eagles are rare and hardly ever seen away from nests because they occupy huge territories. Now I understand why the macaws were so upset. Although this huge eagle mostly feeds on mammals, they probably wouldn’t mind eating a macaw or two!”
The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) is the largest raptor in the Amazon rainforest and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Although there are healthy populations of this majestic bird in the Peruvian rainforests of Tambopata, they are very difficult to see.
Here are a few interesting facts about the Harpy Eagle:
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