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THE LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE

25 August 2014

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Little is known about the lesser spotted eagle Aquila pomarina in South Africa because it mainly occurs in Europe and breeds from the Baltic Sea south to Greece and Turkey. In southern Africa it occurs in regions that receive more than 600 mm of rainfall per year. Non-breeding lesser spotted eagles occur in East-Africa and southern Africa but they are rare in Mozambique. The specific epithet refers to Pomerania in Germany where they were first found and described.

The lesser spotted eagle is small and is only some 58 to 65 cm tall and weighs around 1.2 kg in the males and 1.5 kg in the females. The two... (Become a subscriber for more)

Reference:

Hockey, P A R, W R J Dean and P G Ryan (eds) 2005. Roberts – birds of southern Africa, seventh edition. Cape Town: The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, pp 530 – 531.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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