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Bonelli's Eagle

Aquila fasciata

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Medium-sized, athletically proportioned eagle, with a whitish body contrasting with dark wings and tail. Juveniles have a rufous rather than pale body and lack the adult’s broad dark band at the tip of the tail. Found in forests or mountains, sometimes in more open habitats in winter, but usually in remote areas. Builds nests in cliffs, ledges, or caves. Distinctive in flight: note bulging secondaries, and narrow wing where it meets the body. Usually seen soaring over distant ridgelines, when the shallow fingers to its wings are obvious in contrast to the deep fingers of other eagles.

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