Flying Purple People Eater: Extinct Giant Raptors of New Zealand (Haast's Eagle, Eyles's Harrier)
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Flying Purple People Eater: Extinct Giant Raptors of New Zealand (Haast's Eagle, Eyles's Harrier)

When you think of "man-eater" a few animals come to mind: Lions, Tigers, and Bears....but what about an Eagle that regularly takes down 300 pound prey? Oh my! ..In this episode of Dirty Bird Podcast, I talk with Tim about the now extinct but still terrifying Haast's Eagle, the largest Eagle to ever exist. According to Maori legend, this bird was known to prey on humans. We also talk about another extinct giant: Eyles's Harrier, the largest Harrier to ever exist. Why did New Zealand produce so many giant bird species? How did the Maori combat these fearsome creatures? And how crazy of a coincidence is it that the Eagles from Lord of the Rings actually seemed to exist on the very place where the movies were filmed?! Find out answers to these questions and more on Dirty Bird Podcast!....Reproduction of Haast’s Eagle call made by Piers Gilbertson and is from McPherson Natural History Unit Sound Archive. Other sounds from Freesound.org: Wind, synthesized, A by InspectorJ, Digging1 by cameronmusic , Maori Dawn Ceremony to from Te Atatū Sound Project recorded by simongray, Steps on wooden branch by julius_galla, Stabbing sound by Podcapocalipsis..Intro music by Ricky Pistone and Outro music by the Sidewalk Slammers. Check them out where ever you get your music. ..Send listener mail, recordings, or really anything to [email protected] and follow on instagram @dirtybirdpodcast for some great bird pics! ..Cover art from wpclipart.com and is in the public domain. 

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