A small eagle, slightly larger than a kite but structurally similar to other large eagles, with six splayed “fingers” at the wingtip and a pale rump. Adult is rich brown overall with a long gape line that extends behind the eye. Nostrils are round. Subadults are paler, with light speckles on breast and belly. In flight from below, wings and tail are finely barred with brown on creamy white feathers. Unlike other large eagles, its long legs are lightly feathered, lacking the baggy “trousers.” Soars over grasslands, scrub, light forests, and wetlands; can be found away from wetlands, unlike the Greater Spotted Eagle.