A large eagle (Harpia harpyja) of Neotropical rainforests, having black, white, and gray plumage and a crest of long feathers on the head.
A large, black-and-white, short-winged tropical American eagle (Harpia harpyja) with a double crest and a powerful bill and claws.
Origin of harpy-eagle
- After the Harpies perhaps in reference to the plumage of the harpy eagle's head, highly differentiated from that of the body
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition