Thursday, September 24, 2009
Researchers have concluded that the extinct Haast's eagle was a predator and not a mere scavenger as previously thought.
Living in New Zealand's mountains, the largest eagle in history weighed ~40 pounds and had a 3m wingspan. The haast's eagle was capable of hunting large grounded birds and small humans. The findings reinforce Maori folk tales - the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand - which tell of large birds swooping down and carrying away children.
See a reanimation of how a haast's eagle would attack a human.