The Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis) is a large eagle that is endemic to Central and South America. It is sparsely distributed throughout its extensive range from Guatemala through Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, and east Andean Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Bolivia to north Argentina.
It often overlaps in range with the Harpy Eagle, which is likely its close relative and is somewhat similar to appearance, though the Crested Eagle is half that species’ bulk and avoids competition by taking generally smaller prey.
This eagle averages 71–89 cm (28–35 in) in length and weighs 1.75–3 kg (3.9–6.6 lbs).
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