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.
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.
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.
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.
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.