In this Terra Mater video, we encounter the harpy eagle – an apex predator of the South American rainforest, whose size and incredible strength allow it to hunt animals as large as sloths and monkeys. Even more impressively, harpy eagles also have a powerful chemical survival strategy.
Here, thanks to unique nesting footage, we discover how harpy eagles use leaves and branches to defend their young against disease, and learn why they’re so important to the ecosystem.
Yet despite their powers of survival, harpy eagles today are near threatened, mainly due to habitat loss. Which is why, in Brazil, the conservation programme Projeto Harpia has been bringing researchers, students and volunteers together, to protect this unique eagle species.
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