Length 78-83 cm, mass 3-6 kg; a huge eagle.
Adult is mostly dark brown, but underside of the body from upper breast to vent is pale with dark spots. In flight, the underside of the body contrasts to both the head/throat and to underside of wings which also are dark brown.
Juvenile has head and breast pale, but white feathering on legs and flight feathers with many dark bands separate this from juvenile Crowned Hawk-Eagle.
Savanna, thornbush, open woodland and forest edges.
Mostly encountered singly and spends most of the day soaring.
They hunt various prey including francolins, guinea fowl, monkeys and even small antelope such as Dik-dik.