Today I want to write about one of the most iconic birds of Africa, the African fish eagle.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These huge birds of prey have a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres, with the females larger than the males.
- African fish eagles are very efficient hunters and only hunt for about 10 minutes each day. Besides fish, they also eat young birds, monkeys, baby crocodiles and frogs. They have special growths on their toes that help them to grip slippery prey.
- They have a very loud, distinctive call which they make by throwing their head back to make it louder.
- They build large nests in trees and they keep adding material every year so that the nest gets bigger and bigger. They lay 1-3 eggs and the chicks leave the nest at the age of about 3 months.
- African fish eagles are quite common and can be found near rivers, lakes and dams throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They are the national bird of Zimbabwe and are on the coat of arms of the countries of Zambia, Namibia and South Sudan.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about African fish eagles?