Welcome to Eagles of Africa

Birds of prey have fascinated people since time immemorial. Eagles, in particular, have gripped the imagination of humankind for ages. One can read about eagles in ancient texts, and one can see them on the coat-of-arms of many nations of the world. This website is dedicated to a very special group of birds of prey – the eagles of Africa.


Tawny Eagle Juvenile ©Johann Knobel


About Eagles Of Africa

Twenty-six species of eagle occur on the African mainland. Their ranks include some of the most spectacular predators on earth. They deserve to be just as well-known as the famous mammalian carnivores of Africa. A further two species occur on the island of Madagascar, but they fall beyond the scope of this website. Ornithologists group eagles into smaller groups such as fish eagles, snake eagles, and ‘true’ or booted eagles. These groups may be more closely related to other birds of prey than to each other. For this reason, one could argue that it is somewhat artificial to treat eagles as a special group of birds, distinct from other birds of prey.

However, to me, it is utterly natural to devote a website, and a book, to the magnificent birds of prey that we have endowed with the name ‘eagle’.

An illustrated list of the twenty-six eagle species occurring on the African mainland can be found here.

I worked many years to produce my own eagle book, titled Eagles of Africa. You can read more about Eagles of Africa here. Eagles of Africa is also available in Afrikaans, and you can read more about the Afrikaans version here.

While working on Eagles of Africa, I tried to locate all the best books dealing with African eagles, and you can find a list of my favourite eagle books here.

Most eagle populations around the world are declining in numbers, and the conservation of eagles should be a world-wide priority. Information on the use of environmental laws in the conservation of eagles can be found here.

Johann Knobel has been interested in eagles since childhood, and has spent more than twenty years collecting photographic material for his book Eagles of Africa. Johann also embarked on a study of the utilisation of environmental legislation in the conservation of birds of prey, with special emphasis on eagles. He is married to Ina and they have two sons, Johann and André.