Birds of Iran

Friday
Dec 15th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Migration Migration Paths in Iran Steppe Eagle Wintering central Iran

Steppe Eagle Wintering central Iran

E-mail Print PDF

Juv. Steppe Eagle - Yazd Province - IranThe Steppe Eagle, (Aquila nipalensis) is a passage migrant in central Iran, spending winter in flat planes around Yazd Province.They prefer open steppes and semi desert habitat between Kashan foothills and Yazd wadis.

some times steppe eagles are mistaken for Imperial Eagles. Imperial has contrary to uniform body plumage of steppe and a more streaked outfit. Bill is heavier in Imperial Eagle. Steppe Eagles come in variety of color tones that might be misleading in some scenarios. Imperial eagle has pale wedge on the rump, the paler inner primaries and the heavier bill (with a shorter gape line).

 

Steppe Eagle is about 62-81 cm (24-32 in) in length and has a wingspan of 165-200 cm (65-79 in). Females, weighing 2.3-4.9 kg (5-10.8 lbs), are slightly larger than males, at 2-3.5 kg (4.4-7.7 lbs). They winter widely in Central steppes of Iran. They tend to live close together while wintering in Iran. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle, Aquila rapax, and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); molecular analysis[citation needed] indicates that these birds are not even each other's closest relatives.

Trackback(0)
Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment, Observation or Report

security code
Write the displayed characters


busy
Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 December 2008 16:56 )  

Bird Photography in Iran

 

The avifauna of Iran includes a total of 527 species. Birds lead fascinating lives. With such a variety of species in Iran you can add beautiful photos to your collection. We’ll help you do that. Gallery coming soon...

Travel tips

Mount Damavand Wondering how to travel to Iran!?
Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979. In general, Iran has an arid climate in which most of the relatively scant annual precipitation falls from October through April.

Hot topic

 

BOI contributes to the "Hand Book of Western Palearctic Birds"

Birdsofiran.com is contributing to the "Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds". The book is...

 

Magellan Project

Operation Magellan is one of the most sophisticated challenges I have had since started bi...

 

Introduction to Wheatears of Iran

Old World flycatchers are a large group of small passerine birds native to the Old World. ...

 

Pleske's Ground Jay Variations

Pleske's Ground Jay ( Podoces pleskei ) Variations are our topic of research since the pas...

 

Migration Routes of Birds of Iran

No successful regional or national projects regarding migration routes of birds of Iran al...

BOI RSS

General BOI