Afrikaans name: Langkuifarend
Long-crested Eagle in flight
The Long-crested Eagle is quite common over most of KwaZulu-Natal as well as parts of Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
It is a medium-sized eagle that is often seen sitting on telegraph poles alongside the road. It has a distinctive crest that juts out at the back of its head.
Long-crested Eagles catch a variety of prey including small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and insects. It will eat fruit, such as figs, at times.
Although the Long-crested Eagle pairs for life they are normally seen singly.
They breed in late winter and spring. One or two eggs are laid in a nest made of twigs. Both sexes build the nest but only the female incubates the eggs. The male brings food for her and the nestlings.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 130
Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 99
Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 16
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 16
Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 690
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 54
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 124
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 120
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 100
The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 47