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Steppe Eagle

Aquila nipalensis

Description:

The steppe eagle breeds from Romania east through the south Russian and Central Asian steppes to Mongolia. The European and Central Asian birds winter in Africa, and the eastern birds in India. It lays 1–3 eggs in a stick nest in a tree. Throughout its range it favours open dry habitats, such as desert, semi-desert, steppes, or savannah. The steppe eagle's diet is largely fresh carrion of all kinds, but it will kill rodents and other small mammals up to the size of a hare, and birds up to the size of partridges. It will also steal food from other raptors. Like other species, the steppe eagle has a crop in its throat allowing it to store food for several hours before being moved to the stomach.

Notes:

This is a juvenile

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3 Comments

Nishant
Nishant 4 years ago

Thank you very much doreen.chambers.14 & Fyn Kynd!

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 5 years ago

Just magnificent.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 5 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Nishant
Spotted by
Nishant

Uttarakhand, India

Spotted on Apr 4, 2014
Submitted on Jul 26, 2015

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