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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 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==

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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




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.


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


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

The species is monotypic.


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