Greater spotted eagle

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Greater spotted eagle
Aquila clanga from Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary.jpg
Adult wintering at the Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary (Rajasthan, India)
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Aquila clanga
Aquila clanga distribution map.png
Breeding (light green) and wintering (blue) ranges
Clanga clanga

The greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga), occasionally just called the spotted eagle, is a large bird of prey. Like all typical eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. In summer it lives in eastern Eurasia, and winters further south.

Description[change | change source]

A medium-sized eagle, the greater spotted eagle only has white spots as a juvenile, when they extend in bands across the upperwing. By adulthood, the spots have faded leaving dark brown feathers across the head, body and wings, with slightly paler flight feathers on the upper side. In gliding flight, the greater spotted eagle holds the feathers at the tips of the wings downward.