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Spanish Imperial Eagle

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'''Alternative names: Adalbert's Eagle; Spanish Eagle''' '''Alternative names: Adalbert's Eagle; Spanish Eagle'''
[[Image:Adalberts_Eagle.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|Steve+G|Steve G}} <br />Rio Tietar, [[Monfrague National Park|Monfrague NP]], Caceres, [[Spain]], April 2004.]] [[Image:Adalberts_Eagle.jpg|thumb|550px|right|Photo by {{user|Steve+G|Steve G}} <br />Rio Tietar, [[Monfrague National Park|Monfrague NP]], Caceres, [[Spain]], April 2004.]]
;[[:Category:Aquila|Aquila]] adalberti ;[[:Category:Aquila|Aquila]] adalberti
==Identification== ==Identification==
 +These birds are closely related to [[Eastern Imperial Eagle]] but tend to be larger with a proportionately shorter wingspan to body length.
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 +Adult plumage differs in the presence of a variable white leading edge in Adalbert's Eagle whilst juveniles have a more tawny unstreaked plumage.
==Distribution== ==Distribution==
 +[[Image:2011Spanish-Imperial-Eagle-10-5.jpg|thumb|350px|right|Photo by {{user|sdaly|sdaly}}<br />La Janda, [[Spain]], September 2006]]
South-west [[Europe]] and north-west [[Africa]]. Very low population breeds in a limited area of central and south-west [[Spain]]. Range formerly much more extensive in Spain and also bred in [[Portugal]] but today the stronghold is the [[Extremadura]] region. South-west [[Europe]] and north-west [[Africa]]. Very low population breeds in a limited area of central and south-west [[Spain]]. Range formerly much more extensive in Spain and also bred in [[Portugal]] but today the stronghold is the [[Extremadura]] region.
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Formerly considered conspecific with the [[Imperial Eagle]] (''A. heliaca''). Formerly considered conspecific with the [[Imperial Eagle]] (''A. heliaca'').
-The species is monotypic.+This is a [[Dictionary_M-S#M|monotypic]] species<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>.
==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
 +====Breeding====
 +The build a stick nest.
 +====Diet====
 +A very effective predator of small mammals (up to the size of a Hare) and medium-sized birds (up to and including [[Greylag Goose|Greylag Geese]]).
 +==References==
 +#{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#BF Member observations
 +{{ref}}
==External Links== ==External Links==
{{GSearch|Aquila+adalberti}} {{GSearch|Aquila+adalberti}}
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Alternative names: Adalbert's Eagle; Spanish Eagle

Photo by Steve G Rio Tietar, Monfrague NP, Caceres, Spain, April 2004.
Photo by Steve G
Rio Tietar, Monfrague NP, Caceres, Spain, April 2004.
Aquila adalberti

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Identification

These birds are closely related to Eastern Imperial Eagle but tend to be larger with a proportionately shorter wingspan to body length.

Adult plumage differs in the presence of a variable white leading edge in Adalbert's Eagle whilst juveniles have a more tawny unstreaked plumage.

Distribution

Photo by sdalyLa Janda, Spain, September 2006
Photo by sdaly
La Janda, Spain, September 2006

South-west Europe and north-west Africa. Very low population breeds in a limited area of central and south-west Spain. Range formerly much more extensive in Spain and also bred in Portugal but today the stronghold is the Extremadura region.

Although mainly resident, there is some dispersal and young birds have sometimes wandered across to Morocco. Formerly bred in Morocco and nesting recently confirmed there in 1995; apparently returned to Morocco after an absence of more than 40 years. One pair nested on the cliffs of Punta cierras 31 km east of Tangier city in the north of the country. Also a former breeder in Algeria. In the past occasional birds have reached the Balearics and recently recorded as a vagrant in southern France.

Habitat

Open, mainly lowland country, often grassland, with scattered trees. Wooded foothills and patches of woodland close to open country and often hunts over marshes.

Taxonomy

Formerly considered conspecific with the Imperial Eagle (A. heliaca).

This is a monotypic species[1].

Behaviour

Breeding

The build a stick nest.

Diet

A very effective predator of small mammals (up to the size of a Hare) and medium-sized birds (up to and including Greylag Geese).

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BF Member observations

External Links

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