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El único Panamá - Week 16

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama!

Meet Panama, the Harpy Eagle in Panama.

Panama, the first harpy eagle born in the United States (born in 2009 in the Miami Zoo) lives at the Summit Zoo. He replaced Cheyenne, a harpy eagle that recently at the age of 51. ​

The Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) - the largest, most powerful eagle in the Americas - is the national bird of the Republic of Panama. It stands three feet tall and has a seven foot wingspan. Unfortunately, these magnificent creatures have but disappeared from the lowland rainforests of Tropical America due to direct persecution and habitat loss. It is believed Panama has the greatest concentration of harpy eagles in all of Mesoamerica.

This bird is of great ecological importance and for that reason is referred to as the "ecological detective". It is an indicator of the health of the fauna and flora of the area it inhabits, because it is at the top of the food chain, according to The Visitor.

Harpy Eagle Day is celebrated on April 10th.

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