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Little Eagle

(Hieraaetus morphnoides)
Size: 45-55 cm; wing span 1.1-1.35 m
Weight: 0.6-0.8 kg (male), 0.9-1.2 kg (female)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Eagle at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "morphnoides"

Light morphology

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Little Eagle perched in a dead tree (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cullyamurra Waterhole, near Innamincka, SA, July 2015]

Frontal view of a Little Eagle perched in a dead tree, now with its head turned (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cullyamurra Waterhole, near Innamincka, SA, July 2015]

Near-frontal view of a Little Eagle perching in a Currajong tree
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, January 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Little Eagle perching in a Currajong tree
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, January 2014]

Lateral view of a Little Eagle about to depart (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cullyamurra Waterhole, near Innamincka, SA, July 2015]

Dorsal view of a Little Eagle looking back at the observer
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, January 2018]

Dorsal view of a Little Eagle looking back at the observer
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, January 2018]

Frontal view of a Little Eagle in-flight
[Eulah Creek, NSW, April 2009]

Little Eagle soaring
[Eulah Creek, NSW, April 2009]

Little Eagle soaring (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Cullyamurra Waterhole, near Innamincka, SA, July 2015]

Little Eagle hovering
[Eulah Creek, NSW, April 2009]

Little Eagle seen from underneath (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2015]

Little Eagle seen from underneath (click on image to see how a White-breasted Woodswallow is harassing the bird)
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

Dorsal view of a Little Eagle in-flight (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2015]

Not often seen - here a distant view of the upperwing pattern of a light-morphology Little Eagle
[Near Bellata, NSW, November 2015]

Little Eagle being mobbed by Australian Ravens
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, April 2016]

Little Eagle being mobbed by 20-30 corvids (ravens and/or crows)
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2013]

This Little Eagle is being harassed by an Australian Hobby
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, March 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Juvenile Little Eagle on a fence post (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2015]

Juvenile Little Eagle banking to land on a fence post (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2015]

Juvenile Little Eagle soaring (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay South, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2015]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Dispersive/sedentary Elementary unit: Solitary

Food, Diet

All raptors are carnivores. Little Eagles prey on mammals up to the size of possums and birds up to the size of ducks.

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