< All Blogs

Harpy Eagle Spotted at Bocawina Rainforest Resort

 Harpy Eagle at Bocawina Rainforest Resort, Belize
This past December 2016, we were thrilled to hear about some very exciting news from Bocawina Rainforest Resort.  A harpy eagle was spotted on the resort which is located in the southern district of Stann Creek is the Mayflower Bocawina National Park.
The harpy eagle was thought to be extinct in Belize since 2000 and classified as "Near Threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and considered "Critically Endangered" in Belize. 

Harpy eagles are considered to be one of the largest eagles. Their talons get as large as that of a grizzly bear. Their name comes from the Greek word "harpie" referring to a bird of prey. Written by Greek scholars and may be correlated with the mythological harpies who were winged creatures with extremely large sharp claws, a woman's face and the body of a vulture. They feed on animals that live in trees such as sloths, monkeys, opossums and other birds. 

Although the picture quality is not very good, it was positively identified as a harpy eagle.

If you go:
Belize is a birding paradise! Come and see if you can spot a harpy eagle or some macaws. A number of our trips include opportunities to bird watch at some of the best birding hot spots in Belize including the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument.   

Contact us at 1.800.667.1630 or email info@islandexpeditions.com and let us help you plan your bird-watching adventure to Belize.