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The Eagle: King of the Sky While the lion is king of the jungle, the eagle is definitely the king of the sky. By Carol Gachiengo

What would you say of a bird that has better eyesight than you and I? A bird that can live for as long as 70 years? A bird that ‘marries’, stays faithful to only one spouse and takes care of its young? Almost perfect, yes? Except for one nasty habit; eagles are kleptoparasites – they steal prey from other birds.

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agles are the great hunters of the sky. While the lion is king of the jungle, the eagle is definitely the king of the sky. There are about sixty different species of eagles found all over the world. Eagles exist on every continent except the Antarctica. Scientists have classified eagles into four main groups, either according to what they eat or their appearance Sea and Fish eagles, as their name implies, feed mostly on fish. Snake eagles primarily eat snakes, but can occasionally be seen snacking on frogs, lizards, and other reptiles and amphibians. Harpy eagles are so enormous they can feed on large mammals such as

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monkeys. Booted eagles are of different sizes and have a varied menu, but they all have feathers that extend down to their feetlike boots. The most common type of eagle in Africa is the African Fish Eagle. These are found near freshwater lakes and rivers or near the coast throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. If you have seen a large eagle with a brown body, large, powerful black wings, a snowwhite head, breast, a tail; and a hook-shaped yellow beak with a black tip, you have probably seen an African Fish Eagle. This kind feeds mainly on fish, but it also supplements its diet with waterfowl, small turtles,

baby crocodiles, flamingos and carrion.

Eaglets

Baby eagles are called eaglets, which may falsely bring to mind a tiny baby bird. Eaglets are by no means small! The parent eagles build a large nest called an eyrie, in tall trees or on high cliffs. The eyries are sometimes as big as one metre in diameter. The mother lays two eggs in a year, but when they hatch, the bigger eaglet often kills the smaller one. The parents don’t do anything to prevent this. That aside, parent eagles are very attentive and take care of their young for a long time.

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