Guyana crested eagle - Framed Picture - 20" x 16"
The crested eagle (Morphnus guianensis) is a large Neotropical eagle. It is the only member of the genus Morphnus.
This species is a large but slender eagle. It measures 28–35in long and has a wingspan of 55–70in.
The crested eagle has a large head, an effect enhanced by the often extended feather crest of its name. It has bare legs, with a sizable tarsus length of 4.1 to 4.4in. The tail is fairly long, measuring 13 to 17in in length.
This species often overlaps in range with the less scarce Harpy eagle, which is likely its close relative and is somewhat similar to appearance. However, the crested eagle is roughly half that species' bulk and is clearly more slender. Generally, crested eagles are silent but do make a call occasionally that consists of a pair of high whistles, with the second whistle being higher pitched than the first.
It is sparsely distributed throughout its extensive range from northern Guatemala through Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the subtropical Andes of Colombia, northeastern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, east Andean Ecuador, southeastern Peru, Paraguay and eastern Bolivia to north Argentina.
The crested eagle lives in humid lowland forests, mostly comprised by tropical rainforests.