In ornithology, the term “bird of prey” is defined as any bird that has a keen sense
of vision, strong talons and a strong curved beak capable of tearing flesh. These vicious characteristics frighten many people and establish an inherent
terror that these birds will attack their pets or even them. Regardless of this fear, birds of prey or raptors are fascinating creatures that continue to
be at the top of the food chain due to their amazing traits and capabilities.
In order to showcase some of the mightiest raptors on earth, we decided to pull together the top 10 largest birds of prey in the world. While this list
encompasses some of the largest raptors on earth, it is important to note that our definition of a bird of prey includes condors and vultures. Many ornithologists and biologists dispute on classifying vultures and condors as birds of prey. However, we determined to include these species into
our list because of their raptor-like characteristics. Nevertheless, prepare to be astonished by this amazing list of the largest birds of prey on earth.
Eurasian Eagle Owl
The Eurasian Eagle Owl is found in the mountains and forests of Europe and Asia weighing up to 4.2 kgs with a wingspan of 2 meters. This bird of prey is
among the largest and most powerful owls in the world. While many owls have similar size credentials, this bird of prey deserves to be mentioned because it
is the only owl known to indirectly kill a human being. However, this raptor primarily feeds on rodents, feeder rabbits and small foxes.
The Martial Eagle is known as Africa’s largest eagle with a wingspan of 2.6 meters and weighing up to 6.2 kgs. This raptor is so large and aggressive that
it has been sited catching a variety of large animals including antelopes, lions and even baboons. Many farmers are actually frightened of this bird of
prey because it occasionally attacks their livestock.
Steller’s Sea Eagle
Found in Russia and Japan, the Steller’s Sea Eagle is the heaviest eagle in the world weighing up to 9 kgs with a wingspan of 2.5 meters. This bird
primarily feeds on fish but is known to attack other large birds and baby seals. Unfortunately, this raptor is labeled as an endangered species because of
lead poisoning. They are poisoned when the eagles ingest lead when scavenging on animal remains left by human hunters.
The Philippine Eagle is so magnificent that it has become a national symbol in the Philippines. This bird of prey has adapted to hunt in forested habitats
and is incredibly agile even though it weighs up to 7 kgs and has a 2 meter wingspan. The raptor is known to feed on monkeys, large bats, lemurs, pigs and
dogs. In fact, there are rumors that this bird of prey has snatched up multiple children.
Harpy Eagles are the most powerful eagles in world weighing 9 kgs with a wingspan of 2 meters. Their wingspan length is much shorter than other large birds
because they need to maneuver in densely forested habitats. These raptors have extremely long talons and such a strong grip capable of breaking a human’s
arm or piercing through a human skull! The Harpy Eagle mostly preys on sloths, monkeys and large birds. They are also known to snatch up children.
African Crowned Eagle
The African Crowned Eagle is a powerful and aggressive raptor residing in the rainforests of tropical Africa. Although this bird of prey only has a
wingspan of 2 meters, it can hunt animals weighing up to 35 kgs! In fact, its talons are so strong that it is known to crush the skulls of monkeys. What’s
even more disturbing is the skulls of human infants have been found in their nests. The Crowned Eagle also preys on Guinea fowl, hyraxes, agwantibos,
chevrotains and small antelopes.
Also known as the Lammergeyer, this bird of prey is one of the largest raptors in the world with a weight up to 8 kgs and wingspan measuring over 3 meters.
Bearded vultures can be found in Asia, Europe and Africa and are mostly scavengers. They are known to swipe up dead animal carcasses and drop them from
great heights over hard surfaces to break the animal’s bones. Once broken, the Bearded Vulture feeds on the marrow. These birds have also been seen
attacking live prey as well by knocking the animal off the side of a cliff.
Lappet Faced Vulture
Lappet Faced Vultures are as large as American Condors with an impressive wingspan of 3 meters and weight up to 14 kgs. Found in African savannahs and in
Arabia, these birds of prey commonly kill gazelles, antelopes and flamingo. It is also know to steal eggs and the young of other birds. In fact, this
raptor is so aggressive that it is known to attack other predatory animals to keep them away from carrion.
The California Condor is considered to be the largest bird in North America with an impressive wingspan of 3 meters and weight up to 12 kgs. Its diet
mainly consists of large dead animal carcasses or carrion of dear, cattle and sheep. The also feed on rodent and rabbit carrion as well.
The Andean Condor is considered the largest bird of prey with an enormous wingspan of 3 meters and weight up to 15 kgs. They primarily live in mountainous
regions where there is an abundant amount of wind to help their massive body in flight. The Andean Condor is considered a vulture, so they mostly feed on
large carrion. This species is considered engendered but they are in much better shape than the California Condor.
Many of these birds eat rodents and other small animals. So, if you own one of these large raptors ensure you feed them quality frozen feeders including frozen mice, frozen rats, frozen rabbits and more! Contact us today if you have any questions about our frozen feeders.