African hawk-eagle

Aquila spilogaster

The African hawk-eagle is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family ''Accipitridae''.

The African hawk-eagle breeds in tropical Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bird of wooded hills, building a stick nest about 3 feet in diameter in the fork of a large tree. The clutch is generally one or two eggs.

The African hawk-eagle hunts small mammals, reptiles, and birds. The call is a shrill ''kluu-kluu-kluu''.
Immature African Hawk-Eagle (Aquila spilogaster) Taken in January 2016. An unexpected  sighting, as they are not supposed to occur that far South. This juvenile was actually being chased by a couple of Pale Chanting Goshawks. Known as Dwergarend, in Afrikaans. Accipitridae,Accipitriformes,Africa,African hawk-eagle,Aquila,Aquila spilogaster,Birds of Prey,Geotagged,Namibia,Southern Africa,Summer,bird,desert,eagle,hawk-eagle,raptor

Appearance

The African hawk-eagle is a small to medium-sized eagle at about 55–65 cm in length. The upper parts are blackish. Its underparts are white heavily streaked with black. The underwing flight feathers are white with a black trailing edge. The underwing coverts are mostly black with white spots.

Sexes are similar, but young birds are brown above and rufous coloration replaces the black underparts of the adult.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderAccipitriformes
FamilyAccipitridae
GenusAquila
SpeciesA. spilogaster
Photographed in
Namibia