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Booted Eagle

Hieraaetus pennatus

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A Common Buzzard-sized raptor but still unmistakably eagle-shaped, with long fingered primary flight feathers, a quite long square-shaped tail, and feathered legs (boots) prominent when perched. Two color morphs: pale morphs are distinctively two-toned and contrasting, whereas dark birds can be confused with Black Kites and Marsh Harriers. Look for distinctive pale "landing lights" on the shoulders when viewed head-on. Found in forested country with open patches, often in hilly areas where it frequently soars with wings slightly pushed forward.

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