Aquila rapax

Steppe eagle

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Falconiformes)
Family  (Accipitridae)
Genus  (Aquila)
Species Authority Temminck, 1828
Summary Status: out of danger (Category V), populations have recovered in recent years. The steppe eagle is widespread in the steppe and semi-desert regions of Eurasia, including Kazakstan. This eagle was once numerous on the steppes and dry foothills of western Kazakstan. During and after the campaign against predators in the 1950s and 1960s, the number declined significantly. Even today, up to 85% of the steppe eagles nests are destroyed by humans, 10% of the birds are killed on high-voltage power transmission lines, young eagles are often hit by cars, and many eagles are shot. In order to protect the steppe eagle it will be necessary to teach people about this bird and its nests and to equip electrical transmission lines with protective perches. A reserve should also be set up in the Betpak-Dala area. In addition, other areas in western Kazakstan should be designated as protected zones. Nesting experiments should also be conducted to evaluate the possibility of encouraging eagles to locate their nests in safe areas.

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