The black hawk-eagle or tyrant hawk-eagle, Spizaetus tyrannus, shows off its impressive plummage at Parque Jaime Duque—an amusement park in Colombia. The species is a tropical genus of forest eagles, found typically in Latin America from Central Mexico to Northeast Argentina.
Pictures of Surprising Eagles You Never Knew Existed
Move over, bald eagle—there are 60 species of these birds of prey worldwide.
The famous bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, was chosen for its physical strength, fierce beauty, and independence. (See "Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles.")
But the original design included another species: An imperial eagle, which is native to southeastern Europe.
It's an important reminder that more than 60 species of eagles live worldwide in every continent but Antarctica. In fact, only two eagle species live in North America—the bald eagle and the golden eagle, which is the national bird of Mexico.
Not every species has the fortune of being a national icon, and many are still at risk of extinction.
The Spanish imperial eagle of the Iberian Peninsula and the Steller's sea eagle of Russia and