Aquila heliaca

Imperial eagle

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Falconiformes)
Family  (Accipitridae)
Genus  (Aquila)
Species Authority Savigny, 1809
Summary Status: rare (Category III), decreasing in population. In Kazakstan it is widespread from approximately 53 degrees North la-titude southward. This eagle inhabits vario-us regions, but a combination of wooded vegetation and open steppe or semidesert is required. The total population is unknown, and numbers were significantly re-duced during the campaign against preda-tors in the 1950s and 1960s. In some are-as, the population is very slowly recove-ring, but in others the numbers have not increased at all. As with other raptors, this large eagle is often killed on electrical power transmission lines. Younger individuals are sometimes captured for use as hunting birds. It is necessary to conduct educational and informational activities on eagles, to protect all known nests and, in woodless areas, to attract them with artificial nest platforms.

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