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Tawny Eagle

Aquila rapax


The tawny eagle is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the migratory steppe eagle. The Gape ( Lips) reaching to the centre of Eye-ball, this gape extends to the rear of the eye-ball in Tawny as a Diagnostic feature.


It breeds in most of Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across tropical southwestern Asia to India. It is a resident breeder which lays 1–3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree, crag or on the ground. his is a large eagle although it is one of the smaller species in the Aquila genus. It is 60–75 cm (24–30 in) in length and has a wingspan of 159–190 cm (63–75 in). Weight can range from 1.6 to 3 kg (3.5 to 6.6 lb). It has tawny upper parts and blackish flight feathers and tail. The lower back is very pale. This species is smaller and paler than the Steppe eagle, although it does not share that species' pale throat.


Pale Morph. Thanx for Mr. Ragoo Rao for the ID confirmation

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PramodCL 5 years ago

FlameGriffon, Golden eagles are there in India, but found in the high altitudes of Ladakh Not ever seen recorded on the planes like Delhi!! I am confused with Tawny & Steppe

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 5 years ago

Possibly an Indian spotted Eagle. Could also be a golden Eagle that strayed into India.

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New Delhi, Delhi, India

Spotted on Jan 26, 2015
Submitted on Feb 23, 2015

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