- Hieraaetus wahlbergi
Length 53–61 cm (20¾-24 in), mass 0.85-1.5 kg, females larger than males.
Sitting, a crest should be present, but reportedly, it is surprisingly often not visible. Three colour morphs occur, pale, dark, and buff.
In flight the shape is diagnostic; the tail is seldom spread, usually appearing long, narrow and square; the wings are also long and narrow. Short but not round nostril, (relatively) small bill, dark iris.
The shape of the nostrils is different between this species and Tawny Eagle; Tawny Eagle has nostrils on a diagonal that is almost vertical, while Wahlberg's Eagle has nostrils almost horizontal appearing shorter (but not round).
Southern breeders are migratory and winter to the north of the breeding range.
Wooded savanna, riverine woodland and lakesides.
They build a stick nest in the fork of a tree or the crown of a palm tree. The clutch consists of 1-2 eggs.
They feed mostly on reptiles, particularly lizards, small mammals and birds.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Sinclair et al. 2002. Birds of Southern Africa. Princeton Field Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 0-691-09682-1
- Birdforum thread discussing nostril shape in eagles
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Wahlberg's Eagle. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 13 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Wahlberg%27s_Eagle