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Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle)


Eaglet (Accipitridae)


Aetines (Accipitrinae)


Eagle (Aquila)


In Greece the golden eagle was common until the early 19th century throughout the mainland and on certain islands of the Aegean and Ionian seas. The assessment of the situation of the population for the decade in 1990, estimates that has been reduced to 60-80.

Probable Threats

Apart from the baits, the golden eagle is threatened by illegal hunting. Indirect threat to the species is to reduce populations of prey due to agricultural intensification and abandonment of mountain farming.


It is found in mountains with rocky areas and open wooded slopes at altitudes from 400 to 1800 meters.

The species maintains a relatively small territory (approximately 50 km2) during playback, near the site nesting, while during the summer, especially after the independence of the small of the nest, increasing the extent of foraging area.


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