After getting tired of playing dead, this Long-crested Eagle finally woke up and took some time to explore the new aviary. It is now just a matter of regaining muscle strength and preforming a few flight tests so that we can ensure he is ready for release. Did you know that the Long-crested Eagle is one of the smaller Eagle species in South Africa, weighing between 900g to 1.5kgs (Depending on sex)?
This, however, does not mean that they are not effective hunters. Long-crested Eagles are rodent specialists and use the patient approach of perching quietly and dive-bombing any rodents that come into sight.
This is one of the reasons you will often see Long-crested Eagles perched on tall posts alongside the road.
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Pictured above: Long-crested Eagles fall into the True Eagle category. One of the ways to note this is his fully feathered legs.
Pictured on the right: Perching nicely and showing off his distinctive long crest.
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