African hawk-eagle

African hawk-eagle

Aquila spilogaster

The African hawk-eagle is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. This species’ feathered legs mark it as a member of the Aquilinae subfamily. The African hawk-eagle breeds in tropical Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bird of assorted woodland, including both savanna and hilly areas but the tend to occur in woodland that is typically dry. The species tends to be rare in areas where their preferred habitat type is absent. This species builds a stick nest of around 1 m across in a large tree. The clutch is generally one or two eggs. The African hawk-eagle is powerfully built and hunts small to medium sized mammals and birds predominantly, occasionally taking reptiles and other prey as well. The call is a shrill kluu-kluu-kluu. The African hawk-eagle is considered a fairly staple species and a species of Least Concern per the IUCN.

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Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits



1. African hawk-eagle Wikipedia article -
2. African hawk-eagle on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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