Q:

What is the largest bird of prey?

A:

Quick Answer

The largest active-hunting bird of prey is the Martial eagle with a wingspan of 2.6 meters. Among condors, which are also considered birds of prey though they are primarily scavengers, the record belongs to the Andean condor, which has a wingspan of 3 meters and weighs up to 15 kg.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

The Martial eagle lives in Africa, and is known to be an aggressive hunter, feeding on prey as large as baboons, lion cubs and antelopes. Nearly as large as the Martial eagle is Stellar's sea eagle with a wingspan of 2.5 meters. It is the world's heaviest eagle, weighing up to 9 kg. It feeds primarily on fish but has been known to hunt cranes, swans and even juvenile seals.

Learn more about Birds

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some facts about the American Sandhill Crane?

    A:

    The Sandhill Crane is a large bird that lives in North America and northwestern Russia, and it has a body length from 31.5 to 47.2 inches, wingspan from 5 to 6 feet long and weight from 6.5 to 14 pounds. The bird has a lifespan of up to 20 years.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How can you teach bird identification?

    A:

    Some basic techniques to teach identification include studying the different groupings of birds, observing birds, exploring bird identification resources and learning about specific birds to build overall bird knowledge. Birds are all categorized into groups with other birds sharing similar characteristics. Starting by studying basic bird groupings is a valuable step in bird identification. Ornithology is the official name of the study of birds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the fastest bird?

    A:

    The world’s fastest bird in flight is the peregrine falcon. In a hunting dive, peregrine falcons frequently reach a speed of 200 mph. As of 2015, the highest measured speed of a peregrine dive is 242 mph.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What bird flies backwards?

    A:

    Hummingbirds fly backwards, and they are the only birds capable of doing so. When using this unique ability, hummingbirds may reach speeds of 25 to 30 mph as they go. These birds have flexible wings that they can rotate in swift circles to help fly in reverse.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore