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Booted Eagle

(Hieraaetus pennatus [Aquila pennata])
German name(s): "Zwergadler"
Size: 42-51 cm; wing span 1.1-1.35 m
Weight: 510-770 g (male); 840-1025 g (female)

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Booted Eagle at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Dark morphology

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a dark morph Booted Eagle; note the completely feathered legs (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2013]

Near-frontal view of a Booted Eagle (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2013]

Frontal view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Frontal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Vila Flor, Braganca, Portugal, May 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Booted Eagle in flight; note the white shoulder patch ("landing light") (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

Lateral view of a dark morph Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Couco, Coruche, Portugal, July 2020]

Lateral/ventral view of an overwintering Booted Eagle in flight, wings down (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of an overwintering Booted Eagle in flight, wings up (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a Booted Eagle carrying away its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2015]

Near-dorsal view onto the upperparts of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Couco, Coruche, Portugal, July 2020]

Pale morphology

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a pale morph Booted Eagle (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, August 2018]

Frontal view of a Booted Eagle taking off; note the completely feathered legs (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Frontal view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Frontal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Frontal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle carrying away its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2020]

Lateral view of a Booted Eagle taking off (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, August 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a Booted Eagle in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2020]

Dorsal view of a pale morph Booted Eagle being harassed by an Iberian Magpie (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Booted Eagle being harassed by a mob of Carrion Crows (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2018]

Food, Diet

Near-dorsal view of a pale morph Booted Eagle with its prey, a Rock Dove (feral pigeon) (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a pale morph Booted Eagle with its prey, a Rock Dove (feral pigeon) (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2020]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

bootegl_jp_20220904.mp3 (Portugal) Hunting calls(?); 2 birds © JP

More Booted Eagle sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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