- African Hawk-eagle
name = African Hawk Eagle
status = LC
status_system = iucn3.1
phylum = Chordata
genus = "Aquila"
species = "A. spilogaster"
binomial = "Aquila spilogaster"
binomial_authority = (Bonaparte, 1850)
The African Hawk Eagle ("Aquila spilogastra") is a large
bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family "Accipitridae".
The African Hawk Eagle breeds in
tropical Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bird of wooded hills, building a stick nest about 3 feet (almost 1 meter) in diameterin the fork of a large tree. The clutch is generally one or two eggs.
This is a small to medium-sized eagle at about 55–65 cm in length. The upper parts are blackish. Its underparts are white heavily streaked with black. The underwing flight
feathers are white with a black trailing edge. The underwing coverts are mostly black with white spots.
Sexes are similar, but young birds are brown above and rufous coloration replaces the black underparts of the adult.
The African Hawk Eagle hunts small
mammals, reptiles, and birds up to the size of a francolin. The call is a shrill "kluu-kluu-kluu".
* Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
* Barlow, Wacher and Disley. "Birds of The Gambia". ISBN 1-873403-32-1
* Collinson, M. "Splitting headaches? Recent taxonomic changes affecting the British and Western Palaearctic lists'. British Birds vol 99 (June 2006), 306-323
* Lerner, H. R. L. and D. P. Mindell. (2005) "Phylogeny of eagles, Old World vultures, and otherAccipitridae based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (37) 327–346.
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