Fantastic Eagle Facts
Welcome to my Eagle Facts Page. On This Page I will provide you with Great Pictures of Eagles and information on the Eagle Bird Species. I will also give an insight into the use of eagles in falconry.
Eagle Facts – Eagle bird description
Eagles are the quintessential Raptors. They are heavily built, strong, fast and powerful predators. They are generally bigger and stronger than buzzards and hawks and hunt in different ways. Their wings are built for soaring and eagles can travel enormous distances with very little effort and very high indeed.
The Pictures of Eagles that you will find on this page are of three Eagles that I think are very well known and loved. These eagles are really what most people imagine when they think of the word Eagle.
They are the; Bald Eagle, the symbol of America (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), The Golden Eagle, (Aquila chrysaetos), information on which can be found on my
Golden Eagle Bird
page, and the African Black Eagle (Aquila verreauxii)
Eagles are in the accipitidrae family. Some interesting eagle facts are that there are 60 species of Eagle and they vary hugely throughout their range. The smallest raptor to be classified in the eagle family is the South Nicobar Serpent Eagle, the largest Eagle is the Stellers sea eagle weighing in at nearly 7 kgs.
Eagle Facts – Weaponry and Eyesight
Eagles as with all birds of prey have fantastic eyesight. They, however differ from other raptors in the fact that they have larger pupils which minimises diffraction of incoming light. Eagles often hunt by flying extremely high and spotting the prey from where the prey can’t see the eagle.
Because of their large size and bulky weight, eagles cannot hope to have the acceleration speed and manoeuvrability of the hawks
or the stealth of the...
This means they have to rely on taking prey by surprise or gaining a big speed advantage over a long distance. Once they have the prey in their talons, the eagle is more than capable of subduing it with its crushing power and formidable feet.
Eagle beaks are also very powerful and wickedly curved. The beaks are designed to tear through flesh and their legs are heavily muscled to hold on to prey and deal with it.
Eagle Facts - Prey and Feeding habits
The Eagle Bird species hunt a very large variety of prey. This is down to their wide distribution across the globe and their specific specialisations.
The group of Eagles called the Serpent Eagles, as the name suggests hunt primarily snakes. The Bateleur Eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus) hunts quite a lot of snakes and has developed an ingenious way of dealing with their poisonous bite.
Some more eagle facts are that the Bateleur Eagle will lower its head and open its wings to look bigger, it then raises a crest of feathers on its head which distracts the snake. The snake will then try to bite the distracting feathers in which there is of course, no blood. Therefore the bite is harmless and the eagle is then given the advantage allowing it to subdue the snake with its powerful talons.
Another important group of the eagle bird species (as seen in the video) are the Fish Eagles. They have grown very adept at snatching fish from the surface of water. Some fish eagles often encountered are the bald eagle, the Stellers Fish Eagle, the African Fish Eagle and the White tailed Sea Eagle.
The rest of the eagles tend to feed mainly on mammals such as rabbits, lemmings, hare, rodents and also birds and other raptors when they can catch them. Larger eagles can catch even deer and the great Philippine Eagle and the African Hawk Eagle regularly kill and eat monkeys and sloths.
Eagle Facts – Breeding
The Eagle bird species nest in eyries, these are sometimes on cliffs and sometimes in trees. Golden Eagles will build a few of these nests within their huge territories and alternate between them.
The eyries always continue to grow each time they are used and can get to the point where the branches supporting it break.
Golden eagles do not have many predators but do often have to protect their nest against other raptors although it would be a brave bird to go up against a pair of these magnificent eagles.
The Female will usually lay 3 or four eggs. One of these chicks will often die because of the dominance of the other eyass eagles. Sibling rivalry is strong with the Eagle Bird species.
Another one of the eagle facts is that small mammals will often use the eagles nest to hide from their own predators...the mighty eagle would not bother with such small rodents but would however bother with the rodent's predators. Hence the rodents are safe!
Both parents will hunt for the chicks although one will often be nearby to protect the young eagles if needed.
Here is another one of the pictures of eagles for you to enjoy...
Eagle Facts – Eagles in Falconry
The Eagle Bird Species are flown a lot in Falconry, by far the most commonly flown eagle is the
Golden Eagle Bird
because of its speed, aggression and cunning tactical hunting techniques.
Tawny Eagles, bald eagles, imperial eagles and African hawk eagles are also flown although some of these species are not used for hunting purposes. Eagles are trained by flying to the fist and to a dragged lure although due of the size and sheer power of a female goldie, many falconers do not like to fly them to the fist too much.
Eagles, like falcons and sometimes hawks are often hooded. This calms them down (you do not want a panicked golden eagle grabbing your arm) and also means they do not get alarmed or jealous when seeing another eagle flying..
Eagles are difficult in all the different compartments of training. They are difficult to man (tame) and are naturally stubborn even when trained well.
They are very intelligent unlike owls ;) and take a huge amount of time and commitment. Quite apart from this, Eagles are extremely powerful and dangerous predators.
It is a risk to keep one both to yourself and others. A golden eagle is quite capable of very seriously harming human beings and can easily kill small dogs and cats...
Anyone who is thinking of flying an Eagle of any kind must have access to very large open spaces and must have a lot of free time. They must also be very brave!
When trained, golden eagles are mainly flown at hares. Flying them at rabbits is certainly a waste. Golden Eagles are much faster than the average eagle and can even stoop at speeds of 200kph almost like a falcon! A rabbit does not stand much of a chance. Hares, however are fair game and are powerful animals themselves.
Golden eagles are also flown at roe deer. This is the ultimate prey in great Britain for golden eagles.
Eagles are wonderful and beautiful birds. In my opinion, it is sometimes terrible the way they are kept and if one is not adequately prepared for a predator of this size then one should not try to keep one!...remember an eagle is not just for Christmas!
For me, falconry is certainly not about the hunting but about the birds themselves. The Eagle bird species is wondrous to watch in flight and to witness them in almost their natural environment would be so thrilling!...some day maybe...
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