Bonelli’s Eagle

Aquila fasciata



60 to 75 centimeters (24 to 30 inches)



2.5 to 3.5 kilograms (5.5 to 7.7 pounds)

Short Description:

The Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata) is a large bird of prey. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It breeds in southern Europe, Africa both north and south of the Sahara Desert and across the Middle East and South Asia to Indonesia. It is usually a resident breeder.The Bonelli's eagle is found in hilly or mountainous habitats, with rocky walls or crags and open to wooded land, in arid to semi-moist climate, from sea level to 1500 m. Recent DNA research resulted in this species being moved, in 2014, to the genus Aquila from Hieraaetus. The common name of the bird commemorates the Italian ornithologist and collector Franco Andrea Bonelli. This is a medium to great sized eagle at 55–65 cm (22–26 in) in length, with a wingspan of about 150 cm (59 in). The upperparts of the adult are dark brown with a white patch between the wings. From below, the body is white with dark stripes, and the wings are blackish. The long tail is grey on top and white below and has a single broad black terminal band. The feet and eyes are yellow. Immature birds have deep buff underparts and underwing coverts, and have fine barring on the tail without the terminal band. The Bonelli's eagle is usually silent except near the nest. Bonelli's eagle breeds on crags or large trees, in nests up to 2 m in diameter built up with wood sticks, re-used for many years. The breeding season, in the western part of its range, is from January to July.  Bonelli's eagle usually feeds on small to medium-sized birds, but sometimes also on mammals, reptiles, insects and carrion. It usually hunts from cover by a quick dash from inside a tree, but it will also catch prey by quartering hill slopes like other eagles, or make a stoop from a soaring position. Most prey is taken on the ground. This eagle takes large prey items, usually mammals or birds. Mammals up to the size of a hare are regularly taken, and birds up to guineafowl size. In Pakistan, Bonelli's Eagle is widespread but scarce resident, preferring warmer,drier hill ranges, but breeding throughout Baluchistan and KPK,except far northern cold mountainous regions.

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Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) is a majestic bird of prey known for its impressive hunting skills and territorial behavior. These eagles primarily prey on small to medium-sized mammals, birds, and reptiles, utilizing their keen eyesight to spot prey from high vantage points or while soaring in the sky. When prey is detected, Bonelli’s Eagles exhibit swift and precise attacks, swooping down to capture it with their powerful talons. During the breeding season, they fiercely defend their nesting territories through aerial displays and vocalizations, establishing dominance over intruders. Nesting typically occurs in tall trees or on cliff ledges in rugged terrain, where both parents participate in nest-building and caring for the young. While some populations are resident year-round, others undertake seasonal migrations between breeding and wintering grounds. Bonelli’s Eagles are sensitive to habitat disturbance and are reliant on conservation efforts to ensure their continued survival in the wild.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

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