The name tarantula is generally applied to any large, hairy spider, especially to the furry, bird eating spiders of South America.

Credits

Image: Tarantulas by matt knoth

Information sourced from:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2015), Poecilotheria metallica [online],
Available from: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/63563/0 [accessed 18/08/2015].