Do Hawks Eat Eagles? (No…)

Hawks is a term referring to the entire diurnal predatory birds. Hawks belong to the order Fulconiformes, which are approximately 200 species. Being predatory birds, they prey on other animals for their meat. But do hawks eat eagles?

Hawks and eagles look almost identical; they have keen eyesight, curved beaks, and talons. Hawks are smaller than eagles. For example, the American kestrel weighs approximately 4 ounces, while eagles, on the other hand, can weigh up to 13 pounds. Keep learning more about hawks in this article.


Do Hawks Eat Eagles?

Hawks do not eat eagles. Hawks have a variety of meat tastes, but they do not accommodate that of eagles. Both birds always compete for food when in the same habitat. However, hawks are smaller when compared to eagles. An eagle can challenge a fully grown hawk; this makes it challenging for hawks to feed on the eagles. 

Although the hawks are smaller than eagles, you should not underestimate them regarding prey attacks. Hawks are also powerful; they have sharp, curved talons and strong beaks that can tear out flesh. Hawks can dive from the sky at a speed of almost 150mph hence capturing their prey by surprise.

Are Eagles Stronger Than Hawks?

Yes, eagles are stronger than hawks. It’s rare to find an eagle fighting with a hawk, but their large body size makes them stronger. An eagle can challenge a fully-grown hawk. Eagles are found in many species; the bald eagle is the biggest among them. Bald eagles have strong wing muscles that can help lift large prey like ducks, while hawks cannot. 

But when it comes to migratory power, hawks take the position. Some hawk species are known to migrate long distances without resting. But their strength cannot help them lift a fully grown duck as the bald eagles can do. Hawks and eagles also fight over territories, where eagles can end up eating the hawk. 

Do Hawks Eat Snakes and Rabbits?

Yes, hawks eat snakes and rabbits. Hawks has a variety of taste for prey, but they’ll mainly eat what they can find in their territories. Most habitats occupied by hawks are rich in small animals which the hawks can prey on. 

Hawks mainly hunt small animals like wood rats, rabbits, ground squirrels, voles, mice, jackrabbits, snowshoe hares, and many others. They also prey on other small birds, snakes and carrion. 

Hawks are also opportunistic feeders. Chicks from other birds can be a target if left unattained. Defenseless birds and other animals are also easy targets because they cannot challenge the hawk. However, a hawk will attack a snake it can kill. Some snake species grow bigger and can challenge a fully-grown hawk. And because hawks are smart enough, they’ll never attack where they cannot win. 

On the other hand, Rabbits are smaller in size and defenseless in the eyes of the hawk. A hawk will attack a rabbit when it finds the opportunity. To escape being preyed on, rabbits love shading places where predators like hawks and eagles will not spot them. 

Hawk vs. Eagle: Differences

Hawks and eagles belong to a family of predatory birds known as Accipitridae. In this family, a variety of species possess some similarities and differences. You can differentiate most birds by looking at their flight

Another noticeable difference between hawks and eagles is their body size. Eagles grow bigger than hawks, and their wingspan is longer. Hawks look almost similar, but you’ll notice their differences when you observe keenly. Hawks have a stocky build and short, broad rounded tails. Hawks also have rounded wings that are shorter than an eagle’s. 

Overall, the eagle’s body tends to grow bigger than hawks, possessing a heavier look with straighter wings. They take advantage of the conventional heat current by soaring high up in the sky on a sunny day. However, eagles soar on slightly-raised or flat wings while hawks keep their wings shallow V-shape as they soar.

Another key difference between eagles and hawks is the number of eggs they lay. Hawks lay between 3 and 5 eggs, while eagles only lay up to 3 because of their large body size. Although eagles and hawks love building their nest on tall trees, you can also find hawks nesting on the cliffside. 


Do Coyotes and Foxes Eat Hawks?

Yes, they do. Coyotes and foxes eat hawks. Both coyotes and foxes pounce on hawk’s nests and eat their eggs or young ones. Young hawks are more vulnerable to foxes’ and coyotes’ attacks because they are defenceless. 

Coyotes and foxes are close relatives and consume almost the same diet in the wild. Both prey on small animals they can attack and kill, including rabbits, mice, squirrels and many more. Hawks are also a part of their diet, but because they are difficult to kill, they do not consist as one of their primary meals. 

Also, coyotes and fax will not live behind a dead hawk. A hawk can die from attack by other predators or hunger, so the fox and coyote find it an easy meal to reduce hunger. You could be wondering what can kill a hawk. There are plenty of animals in the wild that can challenge and kill hawks either as prey or to defend their territories.

Bald eagles are among them. Bald eagles are territorial animals and prefer to avoid competing with hawks for food. Therefore an eagle will fight a hawk, especially when the hawk is carrying food. 

However, on rare occasions, hawks attack young coyotes and foxes for their meat. Fully grown hawks can attack and kill a young coyote or fox. For this reason, the young ones are under great care by their mothers. 

What Are Hawks Afraid of?

Hawks are afraid of crows, owls and eagles. Other dangerous animals to hawks are snake species, raccoons and other big animals. The most dangerous among all these are the owls. Owls are nocturnal and attack hawks during the night when in their nests. This reason makes hawks rather stay away from places where owls invade. 

Crows are another threat, although they are smaller than the hawks. A hawk will always win in a fair fight between a hawk and a crow. But crows will always attack as a group. Like the cravens, crows work as a family during fights with other animals and for this reason, hawks are afraid of them. Hawks eat crows’ chicks, but they’ll only have the opportunity if the young ones are left unattended. 

Eagles are the kings of the sky. They grow larger than the hawks and will always prevent the hawks from dominating their territories. Both are predatory birds that prey on the same animals, so the eagles will always fight the hawks whenever they find them. 

Snakes and raccoons will not skip hawks’ eggs whenever they come across them, but they are both eaten by hawks. They will only eat hawks’ eggs when they find the opportunity to do so. The hawk should never spot the snakes and raccoons eating the eggs because they may be its next meal.

Hawks are also afraid of humans. Humans are a great threat to almost all animals because they can directly or indirectly affect the life of the animals. 

What Animals Eat Eagles?

Although eagles are apex predators, they sometimes find themselves eaten by other animals. Eagles are more susceptible to becoming prey when injured, young, or sick. Also, during extreme hunger, eagles prey on one another. 

The biggest threat comes when eagles are young and still in their nests. Many nest invaders will kill the young ones whenever they come across them. They include great horned owls, raccoons, crows and ravens. 

These nest invaders sometime fight the eagle mothers to eat the eaglets in their nest. And because eaglets are defenseless, they become more vulnerable to attacks. These nest invaders usually wait until the parent eagles leave the nest to find food. 

The ground is also full of predators that will never skip an eagle meal when they find the chance to kill. They include large cats, wolves, and alligators. These predators mainly target eagles that cannot fly, either sick or young. Healthy eagles are challenging to kill and may even kill the other predator instead.

Eagles can get injuries during fights with other animals; they can also become weak because of hunger or even collide with trees and fall to the ground. An eaglet can also fall to the ground when it leaves its nest when its wings are not fully grown. This way, it makes them vulnerable to ground predators. 


Hawks are not eagle-eaters. Both hawks and eagles are predators and have similar food tastes. Eagles grow larger than hawks and can eat a hawk whenever it finds the opportunity to do so.

Although they both have the same body features, they differ in how their body is built, wing length and shape, and body strength. Keep in mind that eagles can also be dangerous to human beings. 

Disclaimer: This blog should not be considered as being professional pet medical advice. The content published on this blog is for informational purposes only. Please always consult with a licensed and local veterinarian for medical advice.

About Shaun Clarke

Shaun is passionate about pets and animals, especially dogs, cats, and rabbits. He owns a dog and a couple of cats too. He loves visiting wildlife sanctuaries and shares a strong bond with animals. When he is not writing, he loves to do a barbecue in the backyard with his family and friends.