African Hawk Eagle (Hieraaetus spilogastur)
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‘Merv’
Size: Length 55-62cm
Wingspan 132-150cm
Status: Scarce but widespread
Habitat: Wooded savannah and riverine thornbush in Africa.
Reproduction: 1-3 eggs. June to October. 42-44 day incubation.
Diet: Large birds, mammals (e.g. hares and hyrax)

Raptor Facts

A fierce hunter, they will take birds much larger than themselves like guinea fowl, buzzards and hornbills. Anything up to three times its own bodyweight!! These are a massive nest builder for its size with structures regularly reaching six foot in diameter! The parents are extremely protective of the nest and their young. Humans WILL get injured if they approach or disturb the brood. One pair in Africa had 11 nests in its territory.

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