Amazing Haast Eagle Street Art in Dunedin, New Zealand
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Eagles!
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Sadly, the Haast eagle has gone extinct.
Early human settlers in New Zealand (the Māori arrived around the year 1280) preyed heavily on large flightless birds, including all moa species, eventually hunting them to extinction. The loss of its natural prey caused the Haast's eagle to become extinct as well around 1400, when the last of its natural food sources were depleted.
They must have been quite majestic birds
Female eagles were significantly larger than males. Most estimates place the female Haast eagles in the range of 10–15 kg (22–33 lb) and males around 9–12 kg (20–26 lb).
It is estimated that the grown female typically spanned up to 2.6 m (8.5 ft), possibly up to 3 m (9.8 ft) in a few cases.