French: Aigle huppard German: Schopfadler Spanish: Águila crestilarga
Knysna district, Western Cape, South Africa
W Africa from Senegambia E to Eritrea and Ethiopia (rare in Somalia) and S to NE Namibia, N Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and E & S South Africa.
50–58 cm; male 912–1363 g, female 1367–1523 g; wingspan 112–129 cm. Distinctive, smallish mostly all-dark eagle with broad, rounded wings that show... read more
Especially vocal during the breeding season, but can be heard at any time of year. Commonest call... read more
Open woods, forest edge and woodlands bordering marshes and areas with long grasses... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mostly on small rodents and shrews, especially Otomys in S Africa; less frequently birds up to size of Red-necked... read more
Laying generally in wet season, but erratic and may breed successfully more than once in same year. Nests Jan–Jun in W Africa,... read more
No regular movements reported but almost surely nomadic in some areas; e.g. renowned in S, E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Common, especially in E Africa, but often locally distributed where and when suitable moist habitat occurs. No firm... read more
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