Afrikaans: Jagarend and Kleinjagarend
bold black spotting on the white underparts,
extending on to the belly and legs, help
differentiate the Ayres' Eagle from the African Hawk
The African Hawk Eagle is easily identified in
flight: a dark central stripe which runs from the
wing base to the carpel joint and along the
forewing, which is lacking in the Ayres' Eagle.
Habitat: Both eagles can be found in the
north-east of South Africa, frequenting open
thornveld and wooded areas but avoiding evergreen
flight, the Black Eagle shows a diagnostic white V
on its back, and a white rump. At rest the black
plumage is relieved only by two white lines down the
back, and the yellow cere and feet.
Habitat: Uncommon throughout the region. Prefers
coastal cliffs and mountainous regions frequented by
This small eagle has two colour phases: during
both of these it differs from Wahlberg's Eagle by
its shorter, broader tail and broader wings. From
above a small white patch at the base of the
forewing gives the impression of a air of white
Habitat: Uncommon and thinly distributed
throughout South Africa.
dark colouration, huge size (80-90cm long) and the
shape identify the Crowned Eagle. It is dark grey
above and rufus belly, with breast and belly heavily
mottled black. In flight it shows well rounded wings
and a long tail.
Habitat: Thinly distributed in a narrow strip
along the south and east cost up into
Park, preferring dense evergreen forests.
Afrikaans: Geviekte Arend
small dark eagle which differs from Wahlberg's Eagle
by having a short rounded tail. At rest the tightly
feathered legs appear unusually thin.
Habitat: An uncommon summer visitor found in the
north east of South Africa, often in company of
Steppe Eagles over thornveld.
combination of dull black plumage, white
legs and long wispy crest render the
Long-crested Eagle unmistakable. Flight
action is fast and direct on stiffly held
wings with shallow wing beats.
Habitat: Found from Limpopo down to the
Eastern Cape in well wooded country and
dark head, throat and upper breast combined
with white, lightly spotted breast and
belly, and very dark underwings are
diagnostic in this huge eagle.
Habitat: Frequents a wide range of
habitats throughout South Africa, from
desert to mountains, but is uncommon.
Afrikaans: Steppe Arende
The plumage of the Steppe eagle is too
variable for separation from the Tawny
Eagle. In flight it shows a more curved "S"
trailing edge to the wing than the Tawny
Habitat: An uncommon summer visitor to
the north east of South Africa.
to distinguish from the Steppe Eagle. Both
species are very variable in colour, ranging
from almost white to dark brown.
Habitat: Thornveld and semis-desert
areas in the central, north and eats of
South Africa. Common in the major game
reserves but thinly distributed elsewhere.
Afrikaans: Bruin Arend
Usually a dark brown bird but has pale
and intermediated phases. The flight shape
is diagnostic with long straight-edged wings
and a long, narrow, square-ended tail.
Habitat: Common summer visitor from
central Africa to the north and east of
South Africa. Frequents a wide range of
habitats from woodland to agricultural