Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori)

The Black-and Chestnut Eagle was one of the highlights of our trip to Colombia. While we were not able to see it in the wild (it is said to occur in Yarumo Blanco SFF), but two individuals were in display at CRARSI (Centro de Reabilitación de Aves Rapaces de San Isidro), one adult and one juvenile. The difference in coloration between both stages is impressive, but their overall size is pretty much the same. It is a  large bird of prey with a meter and a half wingspan, able to grab and eat Guans (which are big birds), monkeys and coatis, along other medium-sized mammals.

Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Adult - Spizaetus isidori - Águila Crestada, Adulto (2)

The fierce gaze of this eagle can scare you from up close. Taken at CRARSI (Centro de Rehabilitación de Aves Rapaces de San Isidro) in Pereira, Colombia.

Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Adult - Spizaetus isidori - Águila Crestada, Adulto

It is very sad to know that birds this magnificent are held as pets in cages on people’s houses. They should be born to be free.

Black-and-chestnut Eagle, Juvenile - Spizaetus isidori - Águila Crestada, Juvenil

As it happens in many species, the juvenile has a strikingly different coloration, composed of white head and chest, with brown wings and back. Even the eye is a lighter yellow color.

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