Hilda (African Hawk Eagle)

Hilda, African Hawk Eagle (Photo by Eric Gofreed, DVM)

Hilda is a 13 year old female African Hawk Eagle (Aquila spilogaster) native to sub-Saharan Africa where her species is widely distributed living in savannah, wooded streams, rocky cliffs and open dry woodland areas. Although we purchased Hilda from Rick West in upstate New York, she was captive bred and originally purchased by a falconer and flown in Washington state. She will be used in education programs and flown for falconry here in Arizona. Hawk Eagles are medium sized eagles, the females weighing between 1.4 and 1.75 kg (3 lbs. – 3 lbs. 9 oz.). Their prey includes large birds such as guineafowl and francolins, along with reptiles and small mammals and can weigh as much 4 kg!

Hilda, African Hawk Eagle (Photo by Eric Gofreed, DVM)