**FINAL ONE**Extinct Animal Of The Day: Haast's Eagle

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  1. V-Max

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    Haast's Eagle (Harpagornis moorei), was a massive, extinct eagle
    that once lived on the South Island of New Zealand. Also known
    as the Harpagornis Eagle, it was the largest eagle to have ever
    lived, growing 30-40% larger than the biggest eagles alive today.

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    Female Haast's Eagles weighed 10 to 15 kg (22 to 33 lb), and
    males weighed 9 to 10 kg (20 to 22 lb). They had a wingspan of
    roughly 2.6 to 3 m (8 to 10 ft) at most, which was short for a bird
    of the eagle's weight (the largest Golden Eagles and Steller's Sea
    Eagles may have wings of almost the same width), but aided them
    when hunting in the dense forests of New Zealand.

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    Haast's Eagle is sometimes portrayed as evolving towards
    flightlessness, but this is not so; rather, it represents a departure
    from its ancestors' mode of soaring flight and towards higher wing
    loading and manoeuverability. The strong legs and massive flight
    muscles would have enabled the birds to take off with a jumping
    start from the ground, despite their great weight. The tail was
    almost certainly long (up to 50 cm (20 inches), in female specimens)
    and very broad, further increasing manoeuverability and providing
    additional lift. Total length was perhaps up to 1.4 m (4.7 ft) in females,
    with a standing height of around 90 cm (about 3 ft) tall or even slightly
    more.

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    Early human settlers in New Zealand (the Māori arrived about
    1,000 years ago) also preyed heavily on large flightless birds
    including all moa species, eventually hunting them to extinction.
    They were the top predators in their environment,
    with the moas resembling grazing deer and the eagles
    as bears or tigers.

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    The Haast's eagle was 40 percent larger than today's record holder,
    the Harpy eagle, and topped the local food chain. The eagle fed
    largely on the moa, an extinct flightless bird somewhat like an ostrich.
    Bones from moa as large as 440 pounds (200 kilograms) bear the
    marks of the Haast's talons. The eagle held its victim by its pelvis and
    killed it with a strike to the throat or head.

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    They became extinct around 1500 when the last of its food sources
    dwindled out. It may also itself have been hunted by humans:
    a large, fast bird of prey that specialised in hunting large bipeds
    may have been perceived as a threat by Māori — for a creature that
    could kill a moa weighing 180 kg (400 lb), an adult human may have
    been a viable prey alternative.

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    ^^^Harpy Eagle, world's current largest eagle. Imagine something
    30-40% bigger than that.
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  2. Dely

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    that harpy eagle is ugly as fuck
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  3. V-Max

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    Agree. The Philippine eagle is second largest eagle, but much better looking.
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    vmax, can we have some more tiger type shit?
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  5. V-Max

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    yea ima definitely look for those in future threads.
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  6. HYPNOTIK

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    Yea, Thats like before humans when dinaosaurs roamed the earth they were so huge.. and all these animals that our extinct today.. its like snimals just grew smaller
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  7. V-Max

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    yea funny how the Blue Whale is the largest animal of all time tho, and it
    exists right here right now.

    Heaviest, and one of the longest animals ever.
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  8. V-Max

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    PS: thanks everybody for peeping the extinct threads

    but unfortunately the series is gonna extinct too since today only
    got 3 replies from people, so y'all looking at the very last thread.

    One.
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    noooooooooooo
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    fly eagles flyyy on the road to victory
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    that thing lives in the ocean though man
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  12. El King

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    stop being it a bitch.. its saturday. do some humanoid creatures.
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  13. V-Max

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    Well since this IS the final "Extinct Animal" thread, might as well
    send it off in style:
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    ~Payce.
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    lmao at how he dipped
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    lmao.
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    if extinct animal of the day is gone so am i
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    what's "dipped"
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    damn dont get rid of it

    i literally go back pages to see if i missed a thread

    this shit is interesting as fuck
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