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Martial Eagle

Polemaetus bellicosus

Description:

One of the largest eagles with a wingspan of 8,5 feet (2.6 meters). They're a very aggressive predator and have been known to take down other birds as large as guinea fowl, baby baboons, lions cubs and small antelopes! I wish I had something in the picture for scale. A golden eagle has a wingspan of 7.6 feet (for comparison).

Habitat:

Open grassland

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4 Comments

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra 6 years ago

So majestic!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Superb looking eagle. Thanks for showing this. Similar size to Aquila audax but it looks much heavier.

duttagupta35504
duttagupta35504 6 years ago

The second photograph is just... woah. We only managed to see a juvenile so this is fantastic!

TrekLightly
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TrekLightly

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Jun 26, 2013
Submitted on Jan 31, 2015

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