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For other eagles known as "Crested Eagle", see Crested eagle.
Crested Eagle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Morphnus
Dumont, 1816
Species: M. guianensis
Binomial name
Morphnus guianensis
(Daudin, 1800)

The Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis) is a large Neotropical eagle. It is the only member of the genus Morphnus. It is 71–89 cm (28–35 in) long and weighs 1.75–3 kg (3.9–6.6 lbs).

Perched in a tree eating an Emerald Tree Boa in Bolivia

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.

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