Aquila shrysaetus

Golden eagle

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Falconiformes)
Family  (Accipitridae)
Genus  (Aquila)
Species Authority Linnaeus, 1758
Summary Status: rare (Category III), decreasing in population. The golden eagle is widely but sporadically distributed in Kazakstan where it inhabits steppe-covered hills, rocky mountains, eroded mountains ridges, pine and other forest lands, wetlands and sauxhaul tree deserts. The overall population in Kazakstan is unknown, but is probably several hundred pairs. The main limiting factors include: shooting by poachers, the illegal capture of nestlings for raising and use as hunting birds and deaths on electrical power lines, traps and poison baits. It is necessary to widely educate and inform the public about protective measures for the golden eagle and to enforce existing regulations concerning the purchase and use of these eagles as hunting birds.

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