Meet the harpy eagle, named after a monster in greek mythology 🦅
harpy eagles are considered to be one of the world's largest eagles. this eagle has hind talons that can be as large as those of a grizzly bear. however, it can only fly with prey weighing less than one half its own body weight.
the scientific and common names of this species come from the greek word, harpe, referring to a bird of prey that was written about by many greek scholars, and may also be correlated with the mythological harpies who were winged creatures with extremely sharp claws, a woman's face, and a vulture's body.
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photo 3 johannes wapelhorst
photo 4 belize zoo