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Who do you think would win a fight between these two powerful raptors?

Crowned Eagle and Harpy Eagle are some of the most powerful eagles in the world.

Although one lives in Africa and the other in South America, if they end up fighting, whom do you think will win?

Stay tuned and You’ll find out the answer to this question together!

The crowned eagle is also known as the African crowned eagle, dubbed the ‘most powerful eagle in Africa’.

The crowned eagle symbolizes honesty, majesty, strength, courage, and freedom and is believed by many to have a special connection to God.

Harpy eagles frequently referred to as “American harpy eagles,” are the largest raptors that live in the rainforest.

Harpies, the predatory “frightful, flying beasts with hooked beak and claws” of Greek mythology, inspired the names of these massive birds.

Size and Description

Crowned eagles – Size and Description

Crowned eagles have rounded heads, massive wings, strong talons, and densely feathered legs.

They have small faces and swept-back feathers with enormous crested crests.

The eagle’s head itself is usually dark brown, the torso has dark upper parts and a striking spotted breast and thighs.

In comparison to other eagles, their bodies are relatively long.

Crowned eagles are still massive and muscular eagles with especially strong thighs.

They are adored for their plumage, which is considered to be among the most beautiful among eagles. How Can Eagles Kill Prey Much Bigger Than Them?

The length of the eagle from head to talons is 32 – 38 inches (80 – 95 cm).

The wingspan is 5 to 7 feet (1.5 to 2.1 m) and weighs 5.5 to 9.9 lbs (2.5 to 4.5 kg), where females reach the top edge, being heavier than males.


The Harpy eagle – Size and Description

The Harpy eagle is the largest and most powerful bird found in the rainforest, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world.

The harpy eagle’s upper side is coated with slate-black feathers, while the underside is predominantly white. The head is pale grey with a double crest on top.

The tail’s upper side is black with three gray bands, while the underside is black with three white bands.

They also have brown or grey iris, bill and cere appear to be black or blackish in color and have yellow toes.

They usually are in the range of somewhere between 35 and 41 inches long (88 – 104 cm). Female harpy eagles tend to be significantly bigger than males.

The weight range for the females is between 14 and 20 pounds (6.3 – 9 kg), while the range for the males is between 8.5 and 12 pounds (3.8 – 5.4 kg).

Harpy eagle’s wingspan is about 7 feet (2.13 m).

Range and Habitat


The Crowned Eagle – Range and Habitat

The Crowned Eagle lives in Africa, its range ranging from East Africa, southern Kenya and Uganda, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe,

and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also extends to Liberia and Senegal in West Africa, where the population is more fragmented due to habitat loss.

In the south, they can reach as far east as South Africa. The densest population is found in the forests of East Africa. EAGLE VS VULTURE – Which is more powerful?

Throughout its habitat, the Crowned Eagle can be found in dense forests, plantations, highly wooded hillsides, dense woodland, and rocky outcrops at a height of up to 11,000 feet

Owing to a lack of suitable habitat, through deforestation and industrialization, the eagle’s range is discontinuous.

These eagles can be found in the wild from Mexico to Argentina in South America.

Unfortunately, deforestation has resulted in the extinction of most eagles in Mexico and Central America.

Parts of Panama are the only place in Central America where they can be found in abundance. Brazil has the world’s highest population density.

Harpy eagles – Range and Habitat

Commonly found in tropical lowland forests are the Harpy eagles

Even though they are huge, they can be swift, and nimble flyers who like to hunt in forested environments.

Harpy Eagles usually live below 900 meters but occur locally as high as 2,000 meters, preferring large expanses of uninterrupted lowland tropical forest.

Oftentimes seen hunting in open areas along with forest patches.

Food Habits

Crowned eagles – Food Habits

Crowned eagles hunt in the same way that leopards do. They use stealth to approach near to their target, then accelerate quickly towards it.

Their talons are so powerful that they can smash a 30 kg antelope’s head. They can snap the spine of an animal up to seven times its weight in one swoop.

They have sharp talons that can kill prey instantly.

The male or female distracts the troop with some ferocious flapping, then the killer glides undetected to deliver a killer blow.

Those distributed in the rainforest regularly hunt primates, including monkeys, baboons, and possibly even baby chimpanzees.

Crowned eagles hunt antelope, hyraxes, bushbucks, and Pygmy hippos in more open dry environments. Bald Eagle vs Great Horned OWL – Who Would Win?

Pigs and boars, huge reptiles, other birds, pangolins, and squirrels are among the other prey.

What a raptor consumes is determined by its feet.

Harpy Eagle – Food Habit

A single glance at a Harpy Eagle’s foot reveals that these birds are built for hunting large prey.

They have incredibly strong legs, long feet, and sharp talons designed for catching and holding on to prey

Their rear talons are about 3-4 inches long (7.6 -10.1 cm), the same size as a grizzly bear’s claws!

Iguanas, parrots, porcupines, coatimundis, and raccoons are among the animals that Harpy Eagles eat. They’ve even been sighted preying on foxes and Black Vultures!

Although they prefer to hunt high up in the trees, they will hunt ground-dwelling animals, including javelina, armadillos, and agoutis.

Harpy eagles are known to take down large prey as well, they do this with stealth and ambush.

After all, predators aren’t the only ones who have strong defense capabilities.


Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) with prey ... | Flickr

Crowned eagles – Behavior

Crowned eagles are territorial and live in pairs. They are mostly sedentary and spend most of their time in a fixed region.

Crowned eagles are always nervous as a result, they tend to stay active and alert

Crowned eagles hunt either alone or in pairs, and they prefer to kill early in the morning and late in the evening before sunset.

Crowned eagles perform a loud, undulating show flight and are very vocal.

Territorial displays involve a sequence of steep dives and ascents punctuated by a few wing-flaps at the top of each climb and descending circles and figures of eight.

During this display, the male is noisy while throwing his head back.

Free photo Harpy Feather Raptor Plumage Bill Harpia Harpyja - Max Pixel

Harpy Eagle – Behavior

Harpies are fiercely territorial creatures who need several square miles of rainforest to thrive and breed.

They defend their territory from other eagles, which allows them to have a reliable food supply. Eagles will mate for life and raise their young in the same region.

Females take most of the responsibility for raising the chicks, but males also participate. 

Both harpy parents will fight tooth and nail to protect their offspring from predators.

Now it’s time for the fight, so let’s find out together, who will win in a one-on-one battle? A crowned eagle or a harpy eagle?

Crowned Eagle Bird Feathers - Free photo on Pixabay

Even though the lifestyles of these two eagles are similar, as they both live in the rainforests, for the most part, there are some pretty big differences between them.

Both birds are considered to be some of the most powerful birds of prey, being among the largest.

Size Difference

As for their size, it is clear that Harpy eagle will win here. The size of harpy eagles is almost double the size of crowned eagles.

Even in this case, it is known that crowned eagles are very strong compared to their size. They are the strongest eagles in Africa, although Martial eagles are larger in size.

The Crowned Hawk-eagle is powerful enough to kill an antelope six times its own weight!

However, I still think that a fair fight would be between a male harpy eagle and a female crowned eagle.

But, even though they are mostly the same size, I think this is where the size of the heels comes in.

Free photo Bird Harpia Eagle Feather Brazil Wings Fly - Max Pixel


Talons of the Harpy eagle are the largest of all birds of prey, almost equal to those of the grizzly bear.

Even if the talons of the crowned eagle are quite large, they will be dominated by the harpy eagle.

Aerial combat

Aerial combat is not all about weight advantage, it mainly involves maneuverability as well as weaponry in my opinion, and here I think they’ll both do pretty well.

I think if it were the same size, the aggressiveness of the crowned eagle would probably match the size of its harpy eagle’s talons.

But as the harpy eagle is often much bigger, he will definitely win! What do you think about this fight? I’m waiting for your opinion!

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