Wild Birds

Crested Eagles

 
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The Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis) is a large eagle that is endemic to Central and South America. It is sparsely distributed throughout its extensive range from Guatemala through Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, and east Andean Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, and Bolivia to north Argentina.

It often overlaps in range with the Harpy Eagle, which is likely its close relative and is somewhat similar in appearance, though the Crested Eagle is half that species’ bulk and avoids competition by taking generally smaller prey.

This eagle averages 71–89 cm (28–35 in) in length and weighs 1.75–3 kg (3.9–6.6 lbs).


 

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