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Spotted Eagle
Aquila clanga

Map of the common names


A big eagle (L 70 cm), looks paler bellow contrasting with darker above. Birds prefer to breed in wet forests bordering humid meadows, bogs, marshes and other wetlands. The diet comprises small mammals, middle-sized birds, amphibians and reptiles. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The species is clearly threatened in the EU where it breeds occasionally (0-2 pairs). The Greater Spotted Eagle is very intolerant of permanent human presence within its breeding or hunting habitats, and consequently birds abandon their territories once people start to live or work nearby. It is also sensible to habitat alteration as well as occasional shooting.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : less than 10 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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