The Crowned Eagle – Predatory Birds’ Strongest Member

Only two species of eagles are native to North America: the bald and golden eagle. The crowned eagle is native to Africa.

The crowned eagle gets its name from the crown-like appearance on its head. The feathers tend to stick out in a way that resembles a crown.

Beauty is often among the first attributes associated with eagles, not strength. However, the strength of an eagle is a thing of beauty, in and of itself; especially, that of a crowned eagle.

Crowned eagle atop its throne. Photo credit:

Crowned eagles live in forests, and are extraordinary hunters. Its eyes and ears are its key hunting tools. While remaining in the forest, it will look and listen for nearby prey.

Crowned eagles will also conduct sky patrols above and around forests, spotting prey down below. Commonly, monkeys fall victim to the bird. An eagle’s strength can be observed during a hunt and/or kill.

Once prey is spotted, a crowned eagle can dive at speeds up to 100 mph. Upon impact, the bird’s prey often dies from blunt force. Other causes of death include blood loss (from the bird’s talons penetrating the body) and suffocation.

The majority of its prey weighs 11 pounds or less. However, remains have been discovered of prey weighing over 44 pounds. This leads to the question, “How much can a crowned eagle lift?”

A successful hunt. Photo credit:

I could not find any data as to how much weight a crowned eagle can lift. But, according to, an Alaskan bald eagle can lift more than 15.4 pounds.

A crowned eagle has talons (“claws”) that can grow to a maximum length of just under 4 inches, and a maximum wingspan of 5 feet 11 inches. It is one of the largest species of eagle.

Commercial jetliners fly at altitudes of approximately 34,500 feet. These incredible birds have been seen flying as high as approximately 10,000 feet, almost a third of commercial aircrafts.

Death from above. Photo credit:

Sources of information;

Crowned eagle – the most powerful eagle

Bald Eagle Behavior

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