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Photo by Mark Harper
Photographed at Bailey Bridge, Tari, Papua New Guinea

Alternative names: New Guinea Eagle; Papuan Harpy Eagle

Harpyopsis novaeguineae


Grey brown feathers and white underparts.


New Guinea



Primary rainforest.



Diet includes possums, rats, wallabies, lizards, and on occasion, birds. It runs on the ground and walks up tree trunks and branches and then uses its claws to extract prey hidden in the tree.

Songs & Calls

The New Guinea eagle usually calls at dawn or dusk with a deep, resonant sound of "bung," similar to the sound of a bowstring being released. Sometimes a short "buk" notes follow.

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