Gabon – 2013 – 1000 Francs – Prehistoric Wildlife EAGLE HARPAGORNIS MOOREI (PROOF)


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Metal: .925 Silver
Weight: 20gr
Size: 38.61 mm
Mintage: 1000 pcs

Haast’s Eagle (Harpagornis moorei) is an extinct species of eagle that once lived on the South Island of New Zealand, commonly accepted to be the Pouakai of Maori legend.[1] The species was the largest eagle known to have existed. Its prey is suspected to consist of moa. This eagle’s massive size may have been an evolutionary response to the size of its prey, as both would have been much smaller when they first came to the island, and would have grown larger over time due to lack of competition (see island gigantism). Haast’s Eagle became extinct around the year 1400, when its major food source, the moa, were hunted to virtual extinction by Maori, and much of its dense-forest habitat was cleared.