Having lately noticed that eagles are the national birds of many countries (including my own with its Golden Eagle), I thought it was time to give it a try and paint one.
In this post however, I want to draw attention to a maybe less known species of eagles, the Isidor´s Eagle, also called Black-and-Chestnut Eagle, which is a fairly large bird of prey – 63 to 74 cm (25 to 29 in) long with a wingspan of 147 to 166 cm (58 to 65 in) – that lives in South America.
They are known to prey on woolly monkeys, possibly other monkeys including capuchins, but also porcupines and squirrels.
Widespread cutting of primary forest in foothills throughout the Andes is the primary cause of the precipitous decline of this species. There may be only 370-1500 individuals left in the wild, fewer than previously thought.
It is one of the most endangered birds of prey in the Americas.