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Short-toed Eagle
Circaetus gallicus

Map of the common names


Medium-sized raptor (L 65 cm). In flight, has underparts and wings almost white. Often hovers. Short-toed Eagles feed almost exclusively on reptiles, particularly snakes. Nesting is generally in high trees, and thus requires areas of mature woods alternanting with open habitats in plains or hills. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The Short-toed Eagle has suffered a steep decline in numbers and range in Europe and is now rare and still decreasing in several countries due to changes in agriculture and land-use.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 3,000 / 4 500 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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