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Haast eagles or Harpayornis moorei is the largest ever eagle in the world, but sadly is extinct. The haast eagle lived in the south island of New Zealand
The Haast eagle lived in the south island of New Zealand and where the Moa lived.
Haast eagles females are larger and heavier then males.The females weighed 10 to 15 kgs and males 9 to 12 kg. There wingspan where 2.6 m or 3m males again were slightly smaller.
The Haast eagle hunted their food by watching from above and swooping down for the kill. They preyed on Moa's, ducks , rails, wekas and pigeons.
Humans settlers (1280) preyed heavily on the flightless bids of NZ and making the Moas extinct so the Haast eagles didn't have their main source of food. Habitat loss was also part of this.
The Haast eagle are extinct and lived ages ago and their was probably so much to learn from them but sadly they are extinct. Hopefully no more endemic birds in NZ go extinct.
By Jack G