Friday, 10 January 2014

153. Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata)

Bonelli's Eagle is distributed sparsely around parts of the Mediterranean and north Africa, with Spain being its stronghold in Europe; it is resident for the most part and does not migrate. It is a medium to large sized eagle which can sometimes look similar to a buzzard, but can be told apart by its feathered legs. In flight the adult is distinctive, with a pale body, dark wings and a broad dark square-ended tail tipped with a thick black band. The juvenile is pale rufous below with finely barred underwings and tail with no black band. Its preferred habitat is usually mountainous, sometimes open woodland or forest edges.

Bonelli's Eagle, ©Paco G√≥mez, via Wikimedia Commons.
Bonelli's Eagle painting.
Slightly funny shaped head here!

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