South America’s Predatory Harpy Eagles Could Be In Trouble, Study Warns

The Harpy eagle is probably one of the most impressive and ferocious birds on the planet with a huge length of up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) – it is like wearing Stephen Merchant as a wing. These birds do not roam and are a deadly threat to many species in South America where they scatter tree canopy and snatch monkeys and lazy. Their name is actually inspired in Greek mythology by the official hunter-gatherer half-female Harpyja. They are some deadly bad birds. These top-level predators are also the obvious steering wheel in elusive animals and human settlements. As such, they have disappeared from the range spread by human activity, and at the time of writing, they been listed as an “imminent threat” on the IUCN Red List. However, a recent study published in the journal Ecology and Evolution warns that harpy can cause more problems than we realize.

New research led by researchers at Plymouth University in the UK has found that the method used to determine the population size of species is giving more importance to their distribution. The study combines philosophies with environmental data for spatial modeling and analyzes bird habitat considerations.

South America’s Predatory Harpy Eagles Could Be In Trouble, Study Warns

Senior author Dr Robert Puschendorf, Lecturer in Conservation Biology, said in a statement, “The population of more than half of all globally endemic species has declined.”  “So, understanding more about where they choose to live and why should be a critical factor when we are looking at how best to go about conserving raptor populations. The kind of model we present here lacks many rare and endangered species, especially in the tropics, but can be a cost-effective and quick way to plan for the direct conservation of endangered species.”

Their model published a population estimate that sits above 11 percent below the current estimate published on the IUCN website. There are several reasons for Harpy eagles when choosing a habitat, but team research identified climate humidity as the most influential, followed by habitats with a minimum temperature of about 27 degrees Celsius (80.6 Fahrenheit) in the warmest months of the year. This information can used to inform the habitats of Harpy eagles that may fail to meet the conditions required to support these animals. Areas that are forecast to remain stable for their resident herpes include the Amazon, Guyana, eastern Colombia and the center of Panama most of them. Researchers have suggested that in light of this, these areas should prioritize for future conservation projects centered on herpes zoster.Luke Sutton, a PhD student in the University of Plymouth’s School of Biological and Marine Sciences and lead author on the research said, “Harpy eagles are difficult to observe and survive in low population densities, so there have been limited studies on how environmental factors affect their range.” “Our study shows that future climate stability will include vast lowland tropical forests in key regions, meaning that deforestation is the biggest threat to habitat and their conservation plans should take this into account. “