Sunday, August 28, 2011

Harpy Eagles (San Diego Zoo)
"The most powerful bird of prey on Earth, the harpy eagle, weighs up to 20 pounds (nine kilograms), has a seven-foot (2.1-meter) wing span, and is armed with talons as big as grizzly bear claws. Those deadly talons can exert several hundred pounds (over 50 kilograms) of pressure, crushing the bones of the sloths, monkeys, and other prey the eagle snatches from the rain forest canopy, often killing its victims instantly.
It's no wonder that early South American explorers named harpy eagles after the predatory half-woman, half-bird monster of Greek mythology."

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