A good general rule seems to be that eagles can carry up to half of their own weight. Bald eagles are at the top of the bird charts in terms of size and power, so it’s natural that they would be a predator. Yes. Q. 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. How Eagles Kill Their Prey. But this new research, which focused specifically on Loggerhead Shrikes, shows that the two have vastly different kill methods. I would not be surprised if they took any prey that was under about 3-4 pounds, which would be their max. 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: They’ll sit on an elevated perch, scan the ground below, and pounce on any spotted prey. The reason? 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. The female gently coaxes her tiny chick to take a morsel of meat from her beak. Golden eagles typically prey upon small- and medium-sized animals, such as geese, rabbits and reptiles. They also have a strong beak that is capable of killing it too. The bald eagle uses it’s talons to kill it’s prey, however their skill comes from swooping in unexpectedly from above, rather than speed or agility. She will offer food again and again, eating rejected morsels herself, and then tearing off another piece for the eaglet. Even though they did not kill the prey, their instinct to protect it and keep it away from other scavengers is the same. In what kind of habitats do bald eagles live? Bald eagles typically carry off their prey — most often, a fish — to consume while perched in a tree, and that prey needs to be fairly small. Eagles kill their prey by grasping it with their feet and spiking their sharp talons into the victim. 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. Birds that regularly feed on carrion, however, such as vultures or caracaras, do not usually display mantling behavior. This obviously means female eagles are able to carry more larger prey than the males. Eagles feed their young by shredding pieces of meat from their prey with their beaks. Bald eagles often steal food from the osprey. Eagles usually kill their prey by impaling it with their long talons. They can dive at 200 mph and they fly approximately 30 mph. 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 – 6 kilograms (8.8 – 13 lbs). Some eagles do use this technique with certain prey animals. 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. No type of food item (meat) would surprise me either, except that obviously their favored prey is fish.