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About the Long-crested Eagle

Also known as: Long-crested Hawk-Eagle

The Long-crested Eagle is a relatively small species of eagle that lives in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Its diet consists of mostly small rodents such as shrews. It hunts from a perched position, not on the wing.

Adult Long-crested Eagles are dark brown or black. Young birds are usually more brown in color. These beautiful bird are named for the six long feathers at the back of the head that make an impressive crest.

The Long-crested Eagle has a very large native range and has a conservation status of Least Concern as of June 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 10 July 2013
Scientific Name Lophaetus occipitalis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Lophaetus
  • L. occipitalis
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
20 to 23 inches
43 to 47 inches

International Names

  • 长冠鹰雕 (Chinese)
  • orel chocholatý (Czech)
  • Topørn (Danish)
  • Afrikaanse Zwarte Kuifarend (Dutch)
  • töyhtökotka (Finnish)
  • Aigle huppard (French)
  • Schopfadler (German)
  • Aquila dal lungo ciuffo (Italian)
  • エボシクマタカ [eboshikumataka] (Japanese)
  • Toppørn (Norwegian)
  • wojownik dlugoczuby (Polish)
  • Гребенчатый орёл (Russian)
  • Águila Crestilarga (Spanish)
  • Afrikansk tofsörn (Swedish)

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