Size (L 65 cm) of Buzzard (Buteo buteo), uniform dark plumage with small pale patches at bases of innerwing. The Lesser Spotted Eagle breeds in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests. The birds feed mainly on small mammals, but to some extent also on medium-sized birds and especially on amphibians and reptiles. Resident.
The EU breeding population is small and restricted (about 200 pairs), though currently stable. The Lesser Spotted Eagle is vulnerable to clearance of its mature forest breeding habitat, cultivation or vegetational sucession of open feeding habitats. Human disturbance during the breeding period is also a problem, especially due to forestry operations.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : 100 pairs
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