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  Martial Eagle

 

Polemaetus bellicosus

(140) 81 cm; 4 kg

SEXES  Similar, F larger, on average darker and more spotted below. Spotted underparts, and, in flight, dark brown underwings key features separating it from smaller Black-chested Snake-Eagle. Other features narrowly barred and relatively short tail, and short crest.

JUV  Underparts initially white, head brownish (not white as in African Crowned Eagle), upper­parts grey-brown, neck grey flecked; relatively short finely barred tail.

STATUS  Uncommon resident, listed as Vulnerable in this region.

HABITAT  Mostly open savanna and woodland on plains, also semi-arid shrublands; rare in mountainous areas. FOOD  Diet varies regionally, mainly small mammals such as hares, small antelope, jackal, mongooses and young baboons. Bird prey includes francolin, guineafowl, ibises and small bustards; also reptiles, especially Monitor Lizards.

CALL  Not very vocal; in display gives rapid kwi-kwi-kwi-klooee-klooee...

BR  Mono­gamous. Nest a large platform of sticks placed in tall tree or on pylon.

 

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Eam001

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Eam002

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

Eam003

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

Eam004

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Eam005

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Eam006

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Eam007

Khwai

Juvenile

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Eam008

Khumaga

Immature

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

 

 

 

 

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