Aquila heliaca Savigny, 1809 - Eastern Imperial Eagle

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

 

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This species is uncommon. It inhabits inland wetlands and grasslands of semi-arid areas, from the sea level to 1,600m. It is migratory, breeding in Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Greece, and wintering in India, China, Cambodia, and the Republic of Korea. It converges during migration and disperses on its wintering grounds (BirdLife International 2019).

Conservation Status:
 
This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 2,500-9,999 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from breeding and feeding habitat disturbances due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments. This lowland species started to inhabit higher altitudes after facing this threat (BirdLife International 2019).
 
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra14
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan81122
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total82163

BirdLife International 2019. Aquila heliaca (amended version of 2017 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T22696048A155464885. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22696048A155464885.en. Accessed on 07 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Aquila heliaca Savigny, 1809 – Eastern Imperial Eagle. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/aquila-heliaca, accessed 2024/06/25.