The African crowned eagle is a very large,powerful crested bird. it mainly inhibits in the dense forest. Its staple food contains of monkeys,medium sized mammals and small antelopes.On average it weighs less than a small wing-span than the martial eagle.The African Crowned eagle is the most ferocious and powerful eagle in terms of weight and nature of prey taken. It maily preys on mammals such as the duikers weighing upto 30 kgs.
The African Crown eagle
Duikers hunted down by the crowne eagle
The crowned eagle has dark grey upper parts with nofous and white below its belley its breast is heavily molted with black. Being a forest dwelling species the crowned eagle has no need to travel to great distance to hunt.At the Ngong Forest sanctuary we are lucky to have the male and female crown eagle and their eight months old chick.
crown eagle and the chick
The crown eagle had made its nest in one of the tall croton tree next to the path that leads one to the broken bridge adjacent to Race Course near the racing trucks.The visitors who visit the sanctuary for walks and bird watching must stop at the crown eagles nest.The last time we visited the crown eagle’s nest i had accompanied the Ngong Forest chairman and we had a wonderful time observing the chick perched on oneof the branches near its nest.
Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary Trust Chairman
After two weeks we visited the nest only to find the nest totally destroyed .Upon investigations we found out that the nest had been destoyed by the Olive baboons for having made a meal of one of the young ones. At the moment we dont know where the crown eagle is. we hope that it will come back and make its nest once again.
The Olive Baboons
The destroyed crown eagle’s nest
Story by Steve Kamotho