African-crowned Eagle

The Stephanoaetus coronatus (scientific name) or African-crowned eagle is found only in the Sub-Saharan regions of Africa and Eastern parts of South Africa. 31-39 inches in length, this bird has blackish brown-grey upperparts with a tinge of blue. The belly, chest and underparts are brown but have blotches of white. The crown on the head is dark-to-rufous coloured and has a double-tipped colour. This unique crest gives the face a triangular appearance. Outer wings and tail are barred, and the feet and claws are yellow. From childhood to maturity this bird undergoes many physical changes. Carnivorous by nature, its diet consists mainly of mammals. The clutch contains 1-2 eggs incubated for 49 days. Its IUCN listing is NEAR THREATENED.

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