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Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina) - HBW 2, p. 192

French: Aigle pomarin German: Schreiadler Spanish: Aguila Pomerana

Taxonomy: Aquila Pomarina C. L. Brehm, 1831, Pomerania.
Closely related to A. clanga, but specific status undoubted; recently confirmed by morphological and molecular genetic studies; these two sometimes considered to form superspecies. Present species may also be closely related to A. wahlbergi, but more research needed. In past, Indian race, hastata, often regarded as independent species, and its taxonomic status requires further study. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pomarina C. L. Brehm, 1831 - C, E & SE Europe through Turkey and Caucasus to S Caspian lowlands; E limit not well known. Winters in S Africa and perhaps E Africa.
  • hastata (Lesson, 1834) - India (mainly N), Bangladesh, and perhaps also N Burma and Pakistan.

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