A medium-sized eagle (L 50 cm) that occurs in a pale and in a dark form, regardless of the season, age or sexe of birds. Pale form, commonly seen, can be distinguised by white below forming contrast with yellow of the rest of the body. Dark form is uniformly black-brown. The Booted Eagle breed in a wide variety of habitats: mainly forested areas with clearings. The diet is one of the more varied amongst European raptors, includes many small and medium-sized birds, lizards and small mammals.Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Although, the EU breeding popualtion is mostly stable, many of its populations are declinig in size and range. Extensive clear-felling of forests for agriculture, construction of reservoirs and fire may account for the observed declines.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
2 500 / 5,000 pairs
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