Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae)

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) - HBW 2, p. 194

French: Aigle des steppes German: Steppenadler Spanish: Aguila Esteparia

Taxonomy: Aquila nipalensis Hodgson, 1833, great valley of Nepal.
Often regarded as conspecific with A. rapax, but morphological studies have shown clear differences which should also be verified by molecular techniques. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • orientalis Cabanis, 1854 - SE European Russia E to L Balkhash and E Kazakhstan, or perhaps to Tien Shan and Altai; winters in Middle East, Arabia and E & S Africa.
  • nipalensis Hodgson, 1833 - Altai and Tibet E to Manchuria; winters in S Asia.