Family Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)


Papuan Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae)


French: Harpie de Nouvelle-Guinée German: Papuaadler Spanish: Arpía papúa
Other common names: New Guinea Eagle

Harpyopsis novaeguineae


, 1875,

Andai, Arfak Peninsula, New Guinea




New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

72–90 cm; 1600–2400 g; wingspan 121–157 cm. Large forest eagle, brownish and creamy in all plumages, with erectile crest and facial ruff on prominent... read more


Described as extraordinary and far-carrying; a low, staccato "uumpph" likened to a hiccup... read more


Rain forest from sea-level to 3200 m (mainly below 2000 m, but perhaps up to 3700 m); local in... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly terrestrial and arboreal mammals, including cuscus (Phalanger), possums (Pseudocheirus), wallabies (Dorcopsis... read more


Apparently from late wet season through dry season (austral autumn to spring; Apr–Nov): specimen in breeding condition in Jun; active... read more


Presumably sedentary, aside from dispersal movements by juveniles.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Low population density and apparently low reproductive rate; few detailed observations by ornithologists, and biology poorly known. Global population... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S., Kirwan, G.M. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Papuan Eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 May 2019).