April 2, 2015 – African Crowned Eagle, Crowned Eagle, or Crowned Hawk-Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)

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Found in central and southeastern Africa, these large eagles can be up to 39 inches (99 cm) long and weigh as much as 10 pounds (4.7 kg). They primarily feed on large mammals and monkeys. A lone Crowned Eagle can take down a 44 pound (20 kg) animal using its powerful rear claw. Pairs use cooperative hunting techniques, with the male flying high over the trees calling loudly to distract monkeys, while the female attacks, carrying her prey to the top of a tree to share with the male. They are classified as Near Threatened due to deforestation, overhunting of their prey, and persecution by humans.