A good general rule seems to be that eagles can carry up to half of their own weight. Obviously, small birds are killed quickly, larger ones take longer to die and may only succumb when vital organs are removed as the bird consumes it's prey alive. Bald eagles often steal food from the osprey. The English translation of the show is listed right below the video clip. Depending on the size of a Bald Eagle, it can lift between 4 â 6 kilograms (8.8 â 13 lbs). Eagles feed their young by shredding pieces of meat from their prey with their beaks. I would not be surprised if they took any prey that was under about 3-4 pounds, which would be their max. Moreover, when these birds swoop in to attack larger prey, they usually kill the animal on the spot, often by crushing it with their claws, and might eat it right there. Eagles kill their prey by grasping it with their feet and spiking their sharp talons into the victim. This obviously means female eagles are able to carry more larger prey than the males. They also have a strong beak that is capable of killing it too. Q. But this new research, which focused specifically on Loggerhead Shrikes, shows that the two have vastly different kill methods. Yes. Bald eagles typically carry off their prey â most often, a fish â to consume while perched in a tree, and that prey needs to be fairly small. Bald eagles are at the top of the bird charts in terms of size and power, so itâs natural that they would be a predator. The reason? She will offer food again and again, eating rejected morsels herself, and then tearing off another piece for the eaglet. No type of food item (meat) would surprise me either, except that obviously their favored prey is fish. Eagles usually kill their prey by impaling it with their long talons. Birds that regularly feed on carrion, however, such as vultures or caracaras, do not usually display mantling behavior. I have included a link below to wikipedia article describing golden eagles' technique of dropping prey such as tortoises, as well as a link to a youtube clip from a nature show about golden eagles. In what kind of habitats do bald eagles live? They can tear the meat with their sharp bill. The shrike's hunting strategy is often compared to that of raptors like eagles, hawks, and falcons: Theyâll sit on an elevated perch, scan the ground below, and pounce on any spotted prey. As HT suggests sparrowhawks kill by driving the powerful back and inner talons into their prey, piercing vital organs, the two outer toes have little power. Even though they did not kill the prey, their instinct to protect it and keep it away from other scavengers is the same. They can dive at 200 mph and they fly approximately 30 mph. How Eagles Kill Their Prey. Golden eagles typically prey upon small- and medium-sized animals, such as geese, rabbits and reptiles. Some eagles do use this technique with certain prey animals. The female gently coaxes her tiny chick to take a morsel of meat from her beak. The bald eagle uses itâs talons to kill itâs prey, however their skill comes from swooping in unexpectedly from above, rather than speed or agility.