Booted Eagle

The Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) is a large bird of prey that belongs to the family Accipitridae. It is about 47 cm in length and has a wingspan of 120cm.

This migratory eagle breeds in southern Europe, north Africa and across Asia and winters in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. One to two eggs are laid in a tree or crag nest.

It typically prefers wooded, often hilly, country with some open areas. Prey includes small mammals, reptiles and birds.

This small eagle is similar to the Common Buzzard in size, but more eagle-like in shape. Males grow to about 700 grams in weight and females close to 1 kilogram. There are two plumage forms. Pale birds are mainly light grey with a darker head and flight feathers. The other form has mid-brown plumage with dark grey flight feathers.

The call is a shrill kli-kli-kli.