African Crowned Eagle
Found only in Mozambique, most of Zimbabwe and north eastern and along the east coast of South Africa Diet:
The Crowned Eagle is a carnivore that feeds on mammals 98% of the time. Sometimes the eagle may feed on a reptile such as Varanus lizards or large snakes, including venomous species.
The main prey of the Crowned Eagle, whose habitat is in dense forest areas, is the monkey. When they main prey of the Crowned Eagle is scarce the eagle will kill small mammals. (i.e. rats.) Physical Description:
Crowned Eagles are very large, weighing about ± 3.8 Kg and about 80-90 cm tall. They are very powerful eagles that have a full divides crest. Their wings are short and rounded while the tail of the crowned eagle is very long and broad. They have a compressed bill. The crowned eagle has heavy legs and heavy, short toes with large talons. Special Adaptations:Most of the Eagles killing is done on the ground
, except for the monkey and hyrax. Killing on the ground for the Eagle gives it another advantage, because it has the ability to fly almost vertically to a branch.
Some more info:About the bird. (Longer read)Two WOW close-ups.
I wasn't what we were looking at, but now received confirmation from the ID threat.
We saw this African Crouwned Eagle sitting in the open on the ground in Addo. A crow was trying to chase it away but with no sucsess. I recon it was on its prey. It was my first sighting of this Eagle and it looks according to info if it is very far south to find them. Any remarks from you experts will be appreciated.