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Prey of the African hawk-eagle

29 April 2016

 

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QUESTION:

What is the main source of food for the hawk-eagle?

 

ANSWER:

Some 70 to 74 percent of the diet consists of birds; while smaller mammals, such as bushbabies, vervet monkeys, squirrels, hares, rodents and hyraxes; reptiles and insects are also often preyed on. The sharp, large claws allow it to attack prey as heavy as 4 kg. The prey is usually hunted from a perch or by coursing above the ground when it can detect prey as far as 1 km away. At times it will run on the ground after prey that attempt to scuttle into cover. The African hawk-eagle will also eat carrion as has already been recorded on videos on Shayamanzi... (Become a subscriber for more)

Prof J du P Bothma wrote a scientific article about the African hawk-eagle. Read more on this subject and other interesting facts about the hawk-eagle.

 

 

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