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The Amazing Eagle

Updated on June 22, 2016

The Bateleur Eagle

The Bateleur with kill By Tony Hiagett CC BY-SA 2.0
The Bateleur with kill By Tony Hiagett CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Bateleur Eagle

You will find the Bateleur Eagle in many areas of Africa south of the Sahara. They like open land, grasslands and acacia savannahs. They are now rare or extinct in most of their southern Africa area.

The Bateleur Eagle is a very famous snake eagle. They are covered with black feathers, and their wings have white feathers on the underside. They have skin on their face that is bare and red. They have red legs. They are 22 to 28 inches long and will weigh 4 to 6 pounds.

Bateleur Eagles will spend most of their day looking for food. They will sometimes travel 300 miles in an 8-hour period looking for food, They will prey on antelope, mice, birds, snakes, carrion, lizards and road kill.

They will put their nest in a large tree. The female lays 1 egg and she will sit on the egg, and the male brings her food. The male will sometimes incubate the egg. The egg will hatch in 52 to 59 days. In another 110 days the baby will leave the nest but, the male and female will feed him for another 100 days. It is sad, but, only about 2 percent of the babies will live to become adults.

The Bateleur Eagle will often take sun baths. They will hold their wings straight out to their sides. The will turn to follow the sun.

The are considered an endangered species in the wild.


The Booted Eagle

Booted Eagle By Juan Lacruz CC By-SA 3.0
Booted Eagle By Juan Lacruz CC By-SA 3.0 | Source

The Booted Eagle

They are a brown eagle that will be found living in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They are also living in the Himalayas and Africa.

The Booted Eagle can be found with a pale morph or a dark morph. The pale morph form is more common than the dark morph.

The pale morphs under body is streaked with white. They have a dark gray to brown upper body. Their flight feathers are black. Some of the dark morphs are a rufous brown color. They will have yellow feet, and they have feathers on their legs.

The Booted Eagle is 45 to 53cm long, and they have a 110 to 135cm wingspan. They will weigh 0.6 to 1.8kg.

They are found living in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They are also living in the Himalayas and Africa.

They will hunt birds, small mammals, reptiles, rodents, amphibians and insects. They are known to rob other birds nest.

They will perch in a tree to look for prey on the ground, or they will circle in open country. The will catch most of their prey on the ground. They will hunt near villages.

The Booted Eagle will use sticks to build their nest, and they use the leaves or conifer needles to line it with. They will build a nest in a large tree, cliff ledge or a crag. Their nest is usually 40 to 60cm deep when it is built. They use the nest over and over so it can become 90 to 120cm wide and be 40 to 60cm deep after several uses. The female will lay 1 to 3 eggs, and the female usually sits on them for 36 to 40 days until they hatch. The babies will fledge when they are 50 to 55 days old. Two weeks after fledging they will become independent.

The Booted Eagles numbers are declining, but they are not considered endangered at this time.


The Brown Snake Eagle

The Brown Snake Eagle By Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE CC BY-SA 3.0
The Brown Snake Eagle By Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Brown Snake Eagle

The Brown Snake Eagle is found living in most areas of Africa. They will be found in areas that are 0 to 2,500 meters above sea level. They like to make their home in open areas and in dense woodlands. They do not like lowland forests, desert and areas without trees. During the rainy season, they will go north and during the dry season they will go south.

The Brown Snake Eagle has a body that is mostly brown. They have a dark brown body and head. They have mottled white flight feathers, and they are grey under their wings. They have a brown tail that has white bars and a white tip. They have pale grey feet, long bare legs and cere, and their beak is black. They are 68 to 75cm long, and they have a 164cm wingspan. They will weigh 1.5 to 2.5kg.

They are a quiet bird. When they are looking for prey, they will get on a high perch and swoop down on their prey on the ground. They will seldom, if ever catch prey while flying.

They will build a nest of sticks that are 60 to 70cm wide and 15 to 30cm deep. They will put their nest 3.5 to 12 meters off of the ground. They will use green leaves to line the nest with. The female will lay 1 egg, and she will sit on it until it hatches in 48 to 53 days. The baby chicks are white when they hatch. They usually fledge in 96 to 113 days. They are independent 2 to 4 weeks after they fledge.

The Brown Snake Eagle is not considered endangered at this time.




The Crested Serpent Eagle

The Crested Serpent Eagle By Bendale Kaustubu CC BY-SA 3.0
The Crested Serpent Eagle By Bendale Kaustubu CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Crested Serpent Eagle

The Crested Serpent Eagle is a medium sized eagle that is found all over Indonesia and southern Asia.

They have a rufous back, belly, thighs and crissum. They have dark barring and white spots. They have a black tail that has a thick white bar on it. They have no feathers on their legs. They are 65 to 75cm long and have a 123 to 155cm wingspan. They will weigh up to 1.8kg.

As their name implies their main diet is snakes.

You will find them living in rainforests, open savannahs, mangrove swamps, plantations, ravines, evergreen forests and deciduous forests. They are found from 0 to 1,500 meters above sea level. The will adapt very well to habitat change as long as they have some large trees.

The will use sticks to build their nest and then line it with leaves. They will put their nest in a tree 6 to 20 meters off the ground. They usually put the nest near water. The male and female Crested Serpent Eagle will build a nest. Their nest is 50 to 60cm wide and 10 to 30cm deep. They will occasionally use an old nest. The female will lay 1 egg, and the female will sit on it until it hatches in 35 days. The chick will fledge in 60 days after it hatches.

The Crested Serpent Eagle is not considered endangered.


The Little Eagle

The Little Eagle By Lip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0
The Little Eagle By Lip Kee CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Little Eagle

The little eagle is found living in Australia and New Guinea. The Little eagle is often seen flying over woodlands, forests and open country. They do not like rainforests.

They are small for an eagle and very strong. They have a lot of feathers on their legs. The little eagle's body is light to dark brown, and there is a broken “M” on their belly that is a pale color. Under their wing, they have a band that is M shaped and pale colored. Their wings are long, broad and have over a 1m wingspan.

When the little eagle is searching for food, they will sit on a perch or fly around. They will catch rabbits, mammals and insects.

The little eagle will find trees in open woodlands or watercourses to build their nest. The little eagle builds their nest out of twigs and branches. The nest is bowl-shaped and will be lined with green leaves. The female little eagle sits on the eggs and cares for the babies, and the male will find the food. The male little eagle will sit on the eggs so the female can eat.

They are not threatened at this time.


The Andaman Serpent Eagle

Andaman Serpent Eagle By TR Sharker Ramen CC BY-SA 4.0
Andaman Serpent Eagle By TR Sharker Ramen CC BY-SA 4.0 | Source

The Andaman Serpent Eagle

The Andaman Serpent Eagle lives off the India coast on the Andaman Islands.

Their body is mostly dark brown. Their face and legs are a bright yellow. Their breast, belly and scapulars are speckled white. They have black primary feathers, and they have a thin white edge on them. They have black and white bands on the underside of their tail They have long wings, and their legs do not have feathers on them. Their crest is bushy and short.

They are a medium sized eagle being 51 to 59cm long, and their wingspan is 115 to 135cm.

They like to live in forests, hillsides with trees and tropical lowlands. They like to live in areas up to 700 meters elevation.

They will eat birds, snakes, lizards, rats and frogs. They will usually hunt from a perch.

They are said to be near threatened because the land is being cleared for agriculture and grazing. The forest is also being logged for lumber.






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