Bonelli’s Eagle
Aquila fasciata

– large raptor, larger than a buzzard
– diurnal migrant, strictly over land
– migrates singly, at migration bottlenecks sometimes mixed with other raptors


Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila f. fasciata, AD
BIF1542, 19/02/2015, Oman, Mathias Putze
pale yellow iris, mantle with diagnostic white patch, grey tail with broad black terminal bar


Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila f. fasciata, AD
BIF1543, 19/02/2015, Oman, Mathias Putze
same as BIF1542, note mottled rather than barred dusky secondaries and inner primaries, contrasting broad black GC band and trailing edge of wing, thin dark streaked white body and brown barred undertail coverts


Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila f. fasciata, AD
BIF1544, 19/02/2015, Oman, Mathias Putze
same as 1542, when gliding typical long-tailed and narrow handed silhouette, barring of fingers extends almost to tip


Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila f. fasciata, 2CY
BIF1545, 17/02/2015, Oman, Mathias Putze
can resemble JUV -> Crested Honey Buzzard, but different wing shape, finer barring on remiges, wing with hint of dark carpal patch and GC band


Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila f. fasciata, 2CY
BIF1546, 17/02/2015, Oman, Mathias Putze
very pale individual moulting inner primaries, note that darker carpal commas and GC band can be missing, fine barring of fingers extends to tip

voice: usually nonvocal during migration

comparison species:
Booted Eagle (v)
Long-legged Buzzard (v)
Crested Honey Buzzard (v)

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