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Bonelli's Eagle
Hieraaetus fasciatus

Map of the common names

A medium-sized eagle (L 70 cm), size between Goolden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and Buzzard (Buteo buteo). Characteristically with broader dark band along white wing. Bonelli's Eagle inhabits Mediterranean landscapes with low or little vegetation, the species is almost totally absent from mountainous areas or dense forests. Prey species mainly comprise mammals and medium-sized birds. Resident.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Bonelli's Eagle is considered as "endangered" in the EU and its breeding population is unlikely to exceed 800 pairs. There appear to be several causes for the decline of the species: direct persecution, a decline in the availability of prey, disturbance around nesting areas due to quarries, forest roads, etc and electrocution by electric powerlines.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
less than 1000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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