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Martial Eagle (Immature)

Polemaetus Bellicosus

Description:

It was suggested that this was a Martial Eagle, but it doesn't seem to fit the white/pale head. I wondered about the African Crowned Eagle, but again the colours don't fit.

Habitat:

Dry arid with scattered trees - spotted in Samburu Game Reserve in Kenya

Notes:

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. Based on these I did a bit more digging, adding 'immature' to my search criteria, and I believe it is an immature Martial Eagle (rather than the African Crowned Eagle). Newman's Birds of Southern Africa proved invaluable in making the distinction - link below. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=yYqLZ...

3 Species ID Suggestions

Liam
Liam 8 years ago
Martial Eagle (immature)
Polemaetus bellicosus BirdForum
XXD17
XXD17 8 years ago
African crowned eagle
Harpyhaliaetus coronatus
Voddy
Voddy 8 years ago
Osprey
Pandion haliaetus Osprey


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8 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Nigel...
Please update/add the Binomial/Scientific ID.
http://www.africanbirdclub.org/countries...

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

I agree with ForestDragon, a young Martial Eagle. In addition to being less common, the Crowned Hawk-Eagle (aka "African Crowned Eagle") has a conspicuous yellow gape at all ages, where as the Martial Eagle has a dark gape like this bird. Also, the Crowned Hawk-Eagle has spotted leg feathers, yellow feet, and a longer tail.

nexttogone
nexttogone 8 years ago

All I know is that it's beautiful! Nice takes!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

I believe this is an immature martial eagle. If you do a quick web search to compare the crowned and martial eagles you should be able to find one that looks like yours. Look up immature of each and check out the images. I am on my phone so I can't include a link, sorry.

XXD17
XXD17 8 years ago

Def not an osprey...the logs are booted meaning it's a booted eagle of some species like a hawk eagle...this one is an immature African crowned eagle...

Voddy
Voddy 8 years ago

I think its an african subspecies of an osprey.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Can be a type of Hawk eagle at immature stage.

Nigel_Cooke
Spotted by
Nigel_Cooke

Kenya

Spotted on Aug 22, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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