Greater Spotted Eagle

Aquila clanga

Armenian Name: Մեծ ենթաարծիվ
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Greater Spotted Eagle

See Plate 7 for Greater Spotted Eagle and other similar species See Plate 14 for Greater Spotted Eagle and other similar species in flight

Flight Characteristics: Dark brown; very broad wings with grayish patch at base of upper primaries. Below shows darker coverts than flight feathers, usually a single whitish crescent at base of primaries. Juvenile has pale trailing edge of wing and tail, and numerous large white spots on upperwing coverts forming distinct wing bars. Soars on level or slightly raised wings with outerwing lowered. Some are indistinguishable from Lesser Spotted Eagle, but usually differs by darker wing coverts than flight feathers, and a single whitish crescent at base of primaries below.
Resident Status: Year-round visitor
Abundance: Rare
Length:65-72 cm, Wing Span:155-182 cm
Distribution Map: Map 48.
Description: Large with uniformly broad wings.
Adult: Dark brown body with blacker wings and tail.
Juvenile: Blackish-brown with numerous large pale spots forming 2-3 rows on upperwings. Rare light phase is variably pale on head, breast, back, and wing coverts.
Similar Species: In flight, differs from Lesser Spotted Eagle by darker underwing coverts than flight feathers and one white mark at base of primaries below.
Behavior: Migrates with other large raptors.
Habitat: Mountain steppe with grain fields, shrubland. Occurs more often near water during breeding season.
Food: Rodents and other mammals to size of hare, birds, insects.