Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus)

Booted Eagle

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Hieraaetus
Species: H. pennatus
Binomial name
Hieraaetus pennatus
(Gmelin, 1788)

The Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) is a large bird of prey. It is about 47 cm in length and has a wingspan of 120cm. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae.

It breeds in southern Europe, north Africa and across Asia. It is migratory and winters in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. This eagle lays 1-2 eggs in a tree or crag nest.

This is a species of wooded, often hilly, country with some open areas. It hunts small mammals, reptiles and birds.

This is a small eagle, similar to the Common Buzzard in size, but more eagle-like in shape. Males grow to about 700 grams in weight and females close to 1 kilogram. There are two 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.

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