Verreaux’s Eagle

About the Verreaux’s Eagle

Also known as: Black Eagle, African Black Eagle
Verreaux’s Eagle is a large bird of prey found in parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They can be recognized by their mostly black body plumage contrasted by a white back. The bird is sometimes known as the Black Eagle.

Verreaux’s Eagles are specialty feeders, dining almost exclusively on hyraxes, which are a type of small mammal. Hyraxes comprise up to 90% of the eagle’s prey, depending on the location and the current success of hyrax populations.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 December 2020
Scientific Name
Aquila verreauxii
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Aquila
  • A. verreauxii
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Units: Imperial / Metric
29.5 to 37.8 inches
71.3 to 86.2 inches
105.8 to 204.6 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑雕
Czech (Cesky) orel damaní
Danish (Dansk) Verreauxørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Arend
Finnish (Suomi) mustakotka
French (Français) Aigle de Verreaux
German (Deutsch) Kaffernadler
Italian (Italiano) Aquila di Verreaux
Japanese (日本語) コシジロイヌワシ (koshijiroinuwashi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Klippeørn
Polish (Polski) orzel czarny
Portuguese (Português) Águia-preta
Russian (русский язык) Кафрский орёл
Spanish (Español) Águila Cafre
Swedish (Svenska) klippörn
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