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Taken @ Olmense Zoo, Olmen (B)
The Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a bird of prey. It is about 62â€“81 cm (24â€“32 in) in length and has a wingspan of 165â€“200 cm (65â€“79 in). Females, weighing 2.3â€“4.9 kg (5â€“10.8 lbs), are slightly larger than males, at 2â€“3.5 kg (4.4â€“7.7 lbs). Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. It was once considered to be closely related to the non-migratory Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) and the two forms have previously been treated as conspecific. They were split based on pronounced differences in morphology and anatomy (Clark, 1992; Olson, 1994; Sangsteret al., 2002); two molecular studies, each based on a very small number of genes, indicate that the species are distinct but disagree over how closely related they are.
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