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HarpyCam is Live!

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 7, 2017 12:29:12 PM / by Daniel Couceiro

Daniel Couceiro

The world´s first HarpyCam in Tambopata, Peru is powered by Rainforest Expeditions

Ever seen a harpy eagle in the wild? If the answer is yes – you’re lucky!  Dr. Mark Bowler who has been working in Tambopata for 15 years has only ever seen a harpy eagle four times! 

In fact, this apex predator is incredibly difficult to spot in nature - so you can imagine how excited our research team was to have discovered a harpy eagle nest – with an egg (!) – near Refugio Amazonas. 

After stumbling on this incredible discovery, our AmazonCam team carefully scaled a nearby tree and installed the worlds first HarpyCam – and today, we are monitoring the activity of the Harpy Couple, Kee Wai and Baawaja and their new (soon to be named) chick.  

Harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja) are listed as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Hunting and habitat loss have contributed to a decreasing population in the birds’ native range in Central and South America. So researchers are especially excited about the opportunities for research and observation that the high- definition, around the clock camera will grant them.  




Did you know that HarpyEagles are monogamous? They also have a low reproductive rate, hatching a chick once every two to three years; so scientists eagerly welcomed the new chick last weekend. While both parents incubated the egg, the female, Kee Wai, took on most of the responsibilities. Following the hatching of their chick, both parents are feeding and caring for the youngster. Our research team intends to keep the camera on the nest throughout the chick-rearing phase, which can take up to two years.


We’ll be updating the HarpyCam feed on YouTube every week with a new video, so be sure to check back often! If you have any questions about the Harpy Eagle, just writte at wiredamazon@rainforest.com.pe


Topics: Harpy Eagle, birds, AmazonCam Tambopata

Daniel Couceiro

Written by Daniel Couceiro

My thesis was about the ecology and human influence on the community of wintering shorebirds on the coast of northwestern Spain. My next step was taking part in a project about the conservation and reintroduction of the osprey, also in Spain. This contact with raptors led me to cross the ocean and to come to Peru to get involved in a study of the harpy eagle, the most powerful raptor in the world, to monitor its behavior and how the community of monkeys (one of its main prey) behave in its territory. Of course, I fell in love with the jungle and I came at the beginning of 2016 to work as the field assistant of this awesome project, the Wired Amazon. After a few months I was designed as director and now my research interest is focused on different aspects of tropical ecology, as well as coordinate the correct functioning of the three different projects that form the Wired Amazon


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