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Booted Eagle
Booted Eagle-1354163922
dark morph
Information
Range southern Europe, North Africa and across Asia. It is migratory, wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Hieraaetus
Species Hieraaetus pennatus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus, also classified as Aquila pennata), is a species of medium-sized bird of prey in the Accipitridae family. It is about 46 cm (18 in) in length and has a wingspan of 120 cm (47 in).

Taxonomy

Based on recent genetic research some authors reclassified this species to the genus Aquila, along with some or all other Hieraaetus species. As it is the type species of Hieraaetus, should any of the hawk-eagles have been retained in a distinct genus then a new name for that group would have been necessary.

However, most reference lists currently use Hieraaetus pennata.

Along with the little eagle, this bird is one of the closest living relatives of the extinct Haast's eagle of New Zealand.

Description

The booted is a small eagle, comparable to the common buzzard in size though more eagle-like in shape. Males grow to about 510–770 g (1.12–1.70 lb) in weight, with females about 950–1,000 g (2.09–2.20 lb). There are two relatively distinct plumage forms. Pale birds are mainly light grey with a darker head and flight feathers. The other form has mid-brown plumage with dark grey flight feathers.

The call is a shrill kli-kli-kli.

Distribution and Habitat

It breeds in southern Europe, North Africa and across Asia. It is migratory, wintering in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. This eagle lays 1–2 eggs in a tree or crag nest.

Showing the white marking on the wings termed as "landing lights". This is a species of wooded, often hilly countryside with some open areas. It hunts small mammals, reptiles and birds up to 5 times its own weight.

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