Anyone who has ever seen a harpy eagle will immediately be taken back by the creature’s beauty. These gorgeous birds are known for their size and curious name. Interestingly, harpy eagles are named after the mythical monsters for a really great reason: they are somehow mythical creatures themselves.
Harpy eagles were first described by Linnaeus in his Systema Naturae in 1758 as Vultur harpyja. The species name harpyja comes from Ancient Greek harpyia in reference to the Harpies of Ancient Greek mythology. Harpies are wind spirits that took the dead to Hades and were said to have a body like an eagle and the face of a human. It’s a fitting name for the harpy eagle indeed.
A large predator.
The harpy eagle is most common in the Brazilian rainforests although some have been found in Mexico, Central America, and South America. It is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the rainforest although it is slightly smaller than the Philippine eagle.
Consider this: just their rear talons are about 3-4 inches long – and that’s the same size as a grizzly bear’s claws!
Harpies are so powerful, they snatch up monkeys and sloths.
Interestingly, juveniles look different from adults. Young eagles have a white to gray color throughout the body. The upper parts of the body are usually brownish-gray in color while the crest is whitish. However, they start to look like their parents when they reach four years of age.
They grow into their good looks.
The juvenile eagles usually fledge six months after hatching but still stay close to their mother. They are dependent on their parents for up to two years.
The harpy eagle is a true carnivore.
Its diet consists of sloths and monkeys but they also hunt other animals like peccaries, deer, armadillos, foxes, and agoutis.
Harpy eagles have a unique hunting style.
They need your help.
Although they are not endangered, the number of harpy eagles in the wild is decreasing due to deforestation. For now, they are listed as a Near Threatened species.
Playing Action Video Games Could Help You Become A Better Driver
Game on, people. For our sake if not your own.
Driving requires utmost attention and long lasting patience as drivers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Overall, a driver has to have quick motor skills to see and to react to different traffic scenarios while he/she is on the road.
Fortunately, it seems that all those hours you spent on the couch is finally paying off. A new study reveals that playing video games enhances certain areas of the brain. This mostly works with the action genre.
Cadbury Caramel Spread Goes On Sale And Sends Shoppers Into A Frenzy
The chocolate gods have heard our prayers.
Cadbury just turned their famous gooey caramel bar into a chocolate spread, and it instantly became many shoppers' obsession. Nobody expected that the British multinational confectionery company would switch things up a bit for those sweet tiny squares but they did - and were so glad about it.
In fact, people have been raving about Cadbury Caramel Spread on social media nonstop. The 400-gram tub retails for $7.95 and is available at selected Coles supermarket stores.
Spanish Artist Recreates Famous Roman Emperors Through Stunning Sculptures
Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Nero come to life in these amazing hyperrealistic sculptures.
The Roman Empire may have been gone for thousands of years yet people are still intrigued about the great rulers who once led during the notorious period. However, what we know of them is still very limited and we only see what they may have looked like through marble statues. Luckily, one Spanish artist is changing all that. His works are bringing some of the most famous Roman emperors to life through hyperrealistic sculptures.
Césares de Roma is the Spanish sculptor's ongoing project that aims to spread knowledge of the Roman Empire through art. "Césares de Roma was born from the need to spread Roman classic history from a more human, real and modern perception," the artist tells us through a BoredPanda feature. "Recreating the faces of Roman rulers and emperors who died more than two thousand years ago is not something that should be left to chance. For this reason and with the aim of bringing them back to our time, the exhaustive study of numismatics, sculptures, reliefs and classical literary sources that have reached our days, making it possible for us to approach the real aspect as closely as possible, plays a fundamental role."
Gaius Julius Caesar