Verreaux's eagle

Verreaux's eagle

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Aquila verreauxii

Verreaux's eagle is a large, mostly African, bird of prey. It is also called the black eagle, especially in Southern Africa, leading to potential confusion with the Indian black eagle, which lives far to the east in Asia. Verreaux's eagle lives in hilly and mountainous regions of southern and eastern Africa, and very locally in West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the southern Middle East. It is one of the most specialized species of accipitrid in the world, with its distribution and life history revolving around its favorite prey species, the rock hyraxes. When hyrax populations decline, the species have been shown to survive with mixed success on other prey, such as small antelopes, gamebirds, hares, monkeys and other assorted vertebrates. Despite a high degree of specialization, Verreaux's eagle has, from a conservation standpoint, been faring relatively well in historic times. One population of this species, in the Matobo Hills of Zimbabwe, is arguably the best studied eagle population in the world, having been subject to continuous detailed study since the late 1950s. Like all eagles, this species belongs to the taxonomic order Accipitriformes and the family Accipitridae, which may be referred to colloquially as accipitrids or raptors.

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Di

Diurnal

Ca

Carnivore

Te

Terrestrial

Ov

Oviparous

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Arboreal

Al

Altricial

Te

Territorial

So

Soaring birds

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Not a migrant

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starts with

Diet and Nutrition

References

1. Verreaux's eagle Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verreaux's_eagle
2. Verreaux's eagle on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22696067/95221980

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