from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mammalogy, a genus of fruit-bats, of the family Pteropodidæ.
  • n. In ornithology, either a generic or a specific name of the great harpy-eagle of South America, Harpyia destructor or Thrasyaëtus harpyia.
  • n. In entomology, a genus of puss-moths, containing such as the European H. vinuli: synonymous in part with Cerura, in part with Stauropus. Also Harpia, Harpya.


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  • Over 375 birds have been recorded, notable species being king vulture Sarcoramphus papa, harpy eagle Harpia harpyia (LR), great curassow Crax rubra, crested guan Penelope purpurescens, scarlet macaw Ara macao, green macaw A. ambigua and military macaw A. militaris.

    Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras

  • Harpy eagle Harpia harpyia (R) also occurs in the park, as do Cayman crocodile Caiman crocodilus and American crocodile Crocodylus acutus (V).

    Darién National Park, Panama

  • The most formidable of these birds of prey, both for boldness and strength, the _Morphnus harpyia_, Cab., darts down on the largest animals, and fears not to encounter the fiercest inhabitants of the forest.

    Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests

  • Birds that may visit mangrove communities include scarlet macaw (Ara macao), green macaw (Ara ambigua), military macaw (A. militaris), great blue heron (Ardea herodias), snowy cotinga (Carpodectes nitidus), harpy eagle (Harpia harpyia), osprey (Pandion Halieatus), and a variety of plovers and sandpipers (Charadriidae and Scolopacidae) and several parrots, parakeets, and hummingbirds.

    Northern Honduras mangroves

  • The many interesting birds found here include ospreys (Pandion haliaetus), harpy eagles (Harpia harpyia), toucans (Ramphastos vitellinus), little chachalacas (Ortalis motmot), nine tinamous (Crypturellus spp.,

    Tapajós-Xingu moist forests


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