Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis)

Order: Accipitriformes Family: Accipitridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, light morph | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Ecuador

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Para, Brazil

Age: Adult, dark morph | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Peru

Age: Adult, light morph | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~84 cm (33.1 in). The Crested Eagle has a light and dark morph. The light morph is dusky-brown above, with a gray head and breast. The belly is pale with rusty barring. The dark morph has a blackish head and breast. The belly is pale with black barring. The juvenile is very pale with dusky tail and flight feather and goes through multiple stages before attaining the adult plumage. It is similar to the Harpy Eagle but is distinguished by smaller size, barred belly, lack of solid black breast band, and a crest that shows a single tip rather than a split crest in the Harpy Eagle.

Status: The Crested Eagle is widespread, but rare in Amazonia. It is known to range up to 1100 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Aguila Crestada.

Sub-species: Crested Eagle (Morphnus guianensis), Daudin 1800.

Meaning of Name: Morphnus: Gr. Morphnos= eagle. guianensis= concerning the country of Guyana, on America.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.