Indian Spotted Eagle (Aquila hastata )


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Aquila hastata (Indian Spotted Eagle )  appears to be a widespread species that has always been recorded at very low densities in the lowlands of the Indian subcontinent, occurring in Pakistan,Nepal, India, and Myanmar and may be extinct in Bangladesh. Several sightings in Cambodia.

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>Native:
>>Bangladesh; Cambodia; India; Myanmar; Nepal.

Population:

>>This species apparently occurs at very low density and nowhere is it common, so, despite its large range, the global population is believed to fall below 10,000 individuals.

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Population Trend:
>>Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology:

This species is a powerful predator that seizes its, mostly mammalian, prey from the ground whilst quartering over open areas within, or near, forest. It also preys on frogs and birds. It is a tree-nesting species, favouring open habitats such as low intensity agriculture, wetlands and open forest and forest clearings year-round (P. Davidson in litt. 2003). It has only been recorded at low densities, but gaps in its known range may result partly from low observer coverage and difficulties in identifying the species. Its display flight includes switch-backing, wing-clapping and full loops.

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*Major Threat(s):

>>Although poorly known, this species is undoubtedly threatened by conversion and disturbance of forested habitats within its range. A number of other threats have had negative impacts on many raptor populations in Asia and further research into the threatening processes that may be affecting this species is required.

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One response to “Indian Spotted Eagle (Aquila hastata )

  1. You can understand, looking at this, why they say “eagle eyed” . Great photos.

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