Long-crested Eagle

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 10 July 2013
Scientific Name
Lophaetus occipitalis
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Lophaetus
  • L. occipitalis
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
20 to 23 inches
43 to 47 inches

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 长冠鹰雕
Czech (Cesky) orel chocholatý
Danish (Dansk) Topørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Afrikaanse Zwarte Kuifarend
Finnish (Suomi) töyhtökotka
French (Français) Aigle huppard
German (Deutsch) Schopfadler
Italian (Italiano) Aquila dal lungo ciuffo
Japanese (日本語) エボシクマタカ [eboshikumataka]
Norwegian (Norsk) Toppørn
Polish (Polski) wojownik dlugoczuby
Russian (русский язык) Гребенчатый орёл
Spanish (Español) Águila Crestilarga
Swedish (Svenska) Afrikansk tofsörn
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