My Special Diet Requirements/ Restrictions
Harpy Eagles gain all their nutrients by eating an all-meat diet. They are fully carnivorous and have a large range of prey including Spider Monkeys, Two and Three-Toed Sloths. As in many free living birds of prey, intestinal parasites are common. Lead is the most significant toxicant that affects the GI tract of raptors. Starvation occurs often during the dry seasons because of severe weather or lack of prey. Unfortunately Harpy Eagles are considered “near threatened” because of habitat destruction and direct persecution. They live in forests, so like many forest species, they are threatened by large scale deforestation. If their nests are near human settlements, they are often shot down either because of curiosity or because of a perceived threat to their livestock. Harpy Eagles are also slow at reproduction, since they raise one young at a time. This are some of the reasons why Harpy Eagles are “near threatened” and considered rare.