Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
Steppe Eagle, Lalibela, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

January 2016

The Steppe Eagle breeds in an area of mainly grasslands from south-east Europe through Central Asia to Mongolia. It is entirely migratory and winters in Africa, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and parts of south-east Asia. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

Steppe Eagle, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image It is a large, bulky eagle. Adults can look all dark but these photos show juvenile birds. Photo 2 shows a juvenile Steppe Eagle (wing span 1.9 metres) with a Lammergeier (wing span 2.5 metres).

The Steppe Eagle is now classified as Endangered because of its extremely rapid population decline.

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