For the past two weeks while on forest patrols I have always purposefully passed by the crowned eagle nest to check on the progress. The pair had a juvenile and wanted to find out how the juvenile is doing. Interestingly I found out that the nest had reduced its size. Upon further investigation I found out that the pair thought the juvenile was mature enough to start its own independent life and were destroying the nest to force the juvenile to leave and seek it own territory and a mate. The Crowned Eagle does not migrate and they are apt to inhabit the same territory throughout their adult life. Juvenile birds will move about before they mature as they seek a territory and a mate. An adult may relocate on occasion due to unforeseen circumstances such as losing its mate. The pair will construct a nest, usually high up in a tree, and will reuse the nest from year to year. While the nest will initially be of modest size the pair will continue to add to the nest for years until it is rather large and one of the largest of all eagle species. Mature Crowned Eagle nests can be up to eight feet across and ten feet deep.
the African Crowned eagle nest
Fun facts about the African crowned eagle
- The flight of the African Crowned Eagle is remarkably stealthy and quiet, much like that of an owl. This is due to its unique wing shape.
- The African Crowned Eagle can swoop at speeds up to 100 mile per hour.
- African tribesmen value the crest feathers of the Crowned Eagle as ornaments.
- The Crowned Eagle has been known to attack prey that is up to six times its own weight.
- Pound for pound the African Crowned Eagle is one of the most formidable and ferocious birds of prey in the world.
- Males and females will sometimes work together when hunting. While one attracts the attention of a potential prey the other stealthy strikes from behind.
- The African Crowned Eagle can live for thirty years or longer in the wild with some possibly reaching fifty years
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