Breeding habitats of this eagle are large plains and semi-deserts in central Asia and north-western Europe. It is a migrant bird that spends winter season in the south of Asia or Africa. Can be seen in flocks only during the migration season. Simmilarly to all birds of prey it avoids going over seas, flying over so-called “migration bottlenecks” only. During breeding season it pairs. Nest, built out of branches, feathers and bones, is usually situated on the ground.
Steppe Eagle’s main diet ingredients are small mammals, however, during winter season it can hunt for termites and small birds called Red-Billed Queleas. Nowadays, due to transforming steppes into crop fields, only 37,000 pairs nestle and that number is still decreasing.
- Latin name: Aquila nipalensis
- IUCN – Red List – EN – Endangered
- CITES – Appendix II