Aquila rapax (Temminck, 1828) - Tawny 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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Aquila rapax - Tawny Eagle



This species was widespread in Africa and Asia but it underwent a rapid decline in some regions leading downfall of its population. It has possibly undergone extirpation from Morocco. It inhabits grasslands and shrublands of savanna or semi-arid areas of India, Iran, Israel, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe, from the sea level up to 3,000m. It forages on small mammals, birds, amphibians, and also on carcasses (BirdLife International 2018). 

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 rapidly declining, with the current population estimate of 100,000-499,999 individuals. A major threat to this species is poisoning by consuming poisoned carrions of feral dogs. Another known threat affecting the breeding population is climate change causing less rainfall (BirdLife International 2018).
 
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra121
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan1145
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total11166
BirdLife International 2018. Aquila rapax . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22696033A131671001. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22696033A131671001.en.Accessed on 07 February 2020.

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Aquila rapax (Temminck, 1828) – Tawny 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-rapax, accessed 2024/06/25.