Aquila moorei Haast, 1872
Haast's eagle, New Zealand eagle, Te Hōkioi (cryptid), Hokioi (cryptid)
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Hieraaetus moorei Haast, 1872; Harpagornis moorei Haast, 1872; Haliaeetus moorei Haast, 1872; Harpagornis assimilis Haast, 1874:62
Treated under Aquila per (Seersholm et al., 2018).
Last record: after 1300 AD
Holdaway (2021) briefly discussed the remote possibility that the species survived into the 19th century.
South Island, New Zealand
Biology & Ecology
Haast's eagle is the largest known eagle to ever live. With a wingspan of 2.6-3m and a weight of up to 15kg in females, it was considerably larger than the Harpy eagle, the largest living eagle. It is believed to have preyed upon Moas.
Original scientific description:
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