Greater Spotted Eagle

The Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga), sometimes referred to as simply the Spotted Eagle, is a large bird of prey belonging to the family Accipitridae. It is about 65 cm in length and has a wingspan of 160 cm.

This bird’s breeding habitat ranges from northern Europe across Asia. It winters in southeastern Europe, the Middle East and south Asia. It prefers fairly wooded country where it lays 1-3 eggs in a tree nest.

Its diet consists mainly of small mammals and similar, mainly terrestrial prey.

This is medium-large eagle is similar to the Lesser Spotted Eagle, which shares part of its range, in general appearance. Its head and wing coverts are a very dark brown and contrast with the generally medium brown plumage (Lesser Spotted has pale head and wing coverts). The head is small for an eagle.

There is often a less obvious white patch on the upperwings, but a white primary crescent is a good field mark. The juvenile has white spots in the wings.

The call is a dog-like yip.