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Harpy Eagle Family raising a baby chick

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Watch The World´s First Remote Camera Recording A Baby Harpy Eagle Chick

Our Wired Amazon researchers have carefully placed a remote camera, near a harpy eagle nest where a pair and its chick are being monitored in the Amazon rainforest of Tambopata, Peru.  Join us watching how the chick develops on its first year!
This camera is located at Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru. #HarpyCam is powered by Rainforest Expeditions and San Diego Zoo Global.
 
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Meet the Harpy Eagle Family

The pair of eagles (Harpia harpyja), the male: Baawaja (meaning Tambopata in Ese eja) and the female: Kee Wai (meaning harpy in Ese eja), welcomed their chick the week of June 23rd  near Refugio Amazonas lodge. Since then, we have been observing how the chick has been developing, gaining weight and being more active day by day. We have seen different primates being brought to the nest like Howler monkeys (Alouatta sara) and Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) which are an important part of their diet.

This elusive eagle is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas. It is rare to spot; its current population is decreasing due to habitat loss and it is estimated that there are about 50,000 individuals left in the wild throughout its range. This range includes eighteen countries, from Argentina to Mexico, primarily in lowland tropical rainforests. CITES has it in appendix I and II, with reintroduction programs undertaken in Panama and Belize.

 

The Research Team

Dr. Mark Bowler from San Diego Zoo Global, and Daniel Couceiro, Director of the Wired Amazon, are planning to study the behavior of this near threatened species (IUCN), and apex predator in the Peruvian Amazon. For this reason, the HarpyCam, located about 90 feet high on a neighboring tree from the nest, transmits live footage down to a screen located in a protected blind, where researchers can follow and record their movements. Couceiro has studied this pair before in 2015, and is very excited to observe new developments with this year´s offspring.

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About Harpy Eagles

Here are a few interesting facts :
  • An Amazonian apex predator: In the Amazon rainforest, Harpy Eagles share the top of the food chain with Jaguars and Anacondas. The Jaguar rules the forest floor, the Anaconda is king is swamps and lakes, and the Harpy Eagle dominates the canopy of the rainforest.
  • What do they eat?: Harpy Eagles are commonly believed to solely prey upon sloths and monkeys.  However, recent studies in Tambopata discovered that they catch and eat a variety of animals. They also take large birds such as toucans, kinkajous, and will even kill Brocket Deer!
  • Oversized beak and talons: Harpy Eagles look especially intimidating due to their huge, Grizzly Bear sized claws and massive beak. The legs of the Harpy Eagle can also be nearly as thick as the wrist of a person!
  • A wide-ranging, rare bird: This big eagle historically occurred in rainforests from southern Mexico all the way south to the Atlantic coast of Brazil. However, they need large tracts of animal-filled rainforest to survive and have thus disappeared from many areas of their range.
For more facts about the harpy eagle click here: HarpyFacts
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About AmazonCam

HarpyCam is part of our Wired Amazon project AmazonCam, which links a grid of camera traps in the Tambopata National Reserve. Citizen Scientists can join Wired Amazon and help our researchers classify data collected from these camera traps. For each photo classified, citizen scientists earn $1 to spend at Rainforest Expeditions lodges during Science Season. Wired Amazon is powered by Rainforest Expeditions, an award-winning ecotourism company in Peru. 

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Tales from the Rainforest

Read the Harpy Diaries, the stories of how a couple of Harpy Eagles from the Amazon jungle rainforest in Peru, raise their baby chick on an ironwood tree. 

The Wired Amazon Team at Refugio Amazonas explains by their point of view how the chick is growing and how successful the pair is. 

 

Refugio Amazonas Lodge

Refugio Amazonas Lodge

It is a 32-bedroom jungle lodge, located about four hours from the Puerto Maldonado airport. With its wide variety of A la Carte Activities that include: kid-friendly, soft adventures, and science, Refugio Amazonas is great for families. It is also the headquarters of Wired Amazon, our citizen science program. At Refugio Amazonas, guests have the chance to get 'make science happen' by working alongside researchers in the rainforest.

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