Biodiversity catalog

Crested Eagle
Morphnus guianensis
aguila crestada
Crested Eagle

Species IUCN Status

Near Threatened

Projects (Locations)

carbonplus, watersheds, towns

This large but slender neotropical eagle occurs in very low densities, requiring large areas of appropriate habitat, and is mostly found in humid, lowland rain forest. Feeding largely on tree dwelling mammals and birds, it has also been known to consume snakes and juvenile monkeys. The IUCN Red List has classified the crested eagle as near threatened because of habitat loss and hunting; in Mexico it is listed as endangered. For nesting, the eagle prefers large trees that have clear overviews of jungle canopy, and as these mature trees are lost due to logging, this may also be adversely impacting the eagle’s population numbers.