Harpy Eagle Breeding at the Neotropical Raptor Center (October 2001)
Angel Muela— 27 October 2001 — in Harpy Eagle Conservation and Research ShareOctober has been an important month for our project in Panama . We finally moved our Harpy Eagle breeding stock from the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise to our Neotropical Raptor Center at the City of Knowledge just outside of Panama City. Most people of Panama consider the Harpy Eagle to be their National Bird, and the news of the Harpy Eagles’ arrival in Panama was received with enthusiasm and community support. A total of six eagles were transported to the Center where we now have a total of 11 Harpy Eagles.
Not all Harpy Eagles breed at the same time throughout the year, but our past experiences with these particular birds indicate that we could expect courtship behavior in the next few weeks. Each of the eagles’ chambers is equipped with a closed-circuit television system so that our biologists will be able to monitor the birds’ behavior without disturbing them. The camera system will also allow us to verify when eggs are laid and that the eagles are incubating them.
The tropical weather is having a positive effect on the newly arrived birds, which are already showing a cleaner and healthier plumage.
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