Crested Eagle - Morphnus guianensis
With large size and slender form, the Crested Eagle, Morphnus guianensis (Accipitridae), is a South and Central American raptor that lives primarily in tropical and subtropical forest.
These eagles reach up to 84 cm in length and wingspan up to 176 cm. The underparts are variable, there are dark morph and pale morphs.
Crested Eagles take medium-sized birds, mammals such as monkeys and opossums, reptiles, and frogs. They still-hunt from a perch, and may forage by flying slowly above the canopy.
This species is regarded as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.
Other common names are Guianan Crested Eagle, Águila Crestada, Águila Monera, Arpía Menor.
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Photo credit: ©Thierry Montford | Locality: French Guiana (2009)