AUGUST 30, 2019 BY [email protected]
[H1]How much weight can an eagle carry?[/H1]
Experiments with captive eagles indicate that adults require about 3/4 pound (1/3 kg) of meat per day to maintain their weight; young, growing eagles require much more food.
Accounts of the weight that an eagle can carry in flight often have been misstated. Experiments indicate that, without wind to assist them, even large eagles cannot take off from flat ground with more than 5 or 6 pounds (2 to 3 kg) in their talons. Eagles flying into the wind and taking prey from hillsides, however, sometimes carry animals of twice those weights for considerable distances.
Lambing sheep on one of the local ranches, I could always tell when the first ewes had started lambing, even before I got to the
pasture they were in, I could see two or three Bald Eagles perched in the tops of trees. They knew before I did that lambing
season had begun. And yes they can pickup more than 4lbs.
They might not be able to land on the ground, march up to a lamb, pounce on it and fly off with the lamb, but if they swoop in, grab the lamb,
without landing they can fly off with a lamb. Have seen it done.