Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Description: This is a big bird of long and rather narrow wings, and with a slightly rounded tail; the feathers on the nape are thin and pointed; the legs are very strong, with powerful talons, and tarso-metatarsus feathered down to digits. The total length is 80-95 cm, the wing length is 60-72.5 cm, and the weight is 3-6.5 kg. Both genders have the same coloration. The adult species are dark red-brown; on the belly, the shins and the undertail there is a greater or smaller mix-in of rufous golden; the nape and the back of the neck are reddish; the bill is bluish red-brown, the talons are black, and the cere and legs are bright yellow.

Habitat: Golden eagles are sedentary, with the exception of the Siberian north-east (Yakutia), where they migrate. They nest in forests, mountains, and also deserts. The bird is listed in the Red Book of Russia.

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Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Description: 49-60 cm long in total, marsh harriers have a wingspan of 110-140 cm, the wing length of 36-43 cm, and weigh between 500 and 750 gr. Age-related change and gender difference in coloration are significant. The coloration in the adult males comprises grey, white, red-brown (in the western species) or black (in the eastern). The adult females present ocher heads with dark streaks, red-brown backs with ocher-hued marks on the tectrices and  axillaries; the lesser coverts are greyish; from below, they are red-brown with an ocher spot on the chest; the rudders are red-brown with a grey tinge (in the western birds) or red-brown with dark lateral bars (in the eastern). The iris is yellow, the bill and talons are black, and the cere and legs are yellow.

Habitat: Being widespread in the moderate regions of Europe andAsia, marsh harriers are migratory in the northern part of their habitat. They nest by the water in marshy areas overgrown with bulrush or reed.

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Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)

Description: In total, spotted eagles are 65-73 cm long, their wings are 49- 55 cm, and weight is 1.6-3.2 kg. The female spotted eagles are larger than male. Both genders are decorated alike. The adults (three years and older) are dark red-brown with a paler nape and uropygium; the quills are blackish with fair bases of the inner vanes; the rudders are dark red-brown, sometimes with a blackish lateral pattern. Rarely, the encounters present species in which the major red-brown is substituted by ocher yellow. The iris is red-brown, the bill is bluish red-brown, the talons are black, and legs are yellow.

Habitat: A migratory bird, wintering in the West, Central, and Southern Asia, in UAE andArabia, the Spotted Eagle is listed in the Red Books of Russia and IUCN.

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Rough-Legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)

Description: This bird’s tarso-metatarsi are feathered down to digits – hence the name. The Rough-Legged Buzzard’s dimensions are as follows: the total length is 51-61 cm, the wingspan – 120-150 cm, the wing length – 38.5-47.5 cm, and weight of 800-1300 gr. The coloration in the adults is the following: the back side is dark red-brown with a tinge of white or blackish; the primary quills have a greyish tarnish, with a blurry dark lateral pattern and whitish bases of the inner vanes; the rudders are white with a fine black lateral décor and a broad black top stripe; the belly side is white with a dark spot on the crop, with dark red-brown longitudinal marks and lateral stripes on the belly, sides and sheen feathers. The iris is pale red-brown, the bill and talons are blackish, and the cere and legs are black.

Habitat: It is a migratory bird. It nests in open expanses of tundra and wooded tundra. The nests are built from sticks and placed on the ground, rarely in trees or on cliffs.

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Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)

Description: Smaller than a hen harrier, it is 41-52 cm long in total, with the wingspan of 100-115 cm, the wing length of 34- 39 cm, weighing 260-380 gr. Age-related change and the gender coloration difference is considerable. The adult males (four years and older) are red-brownish grey-blue on the back with a white uropygium, wherein they present red-brown or grey streaks; the front primary quills are black, and the rest are grey with thin black lateral stripes; the mid rudders are grey, and the side ones are whitish with rufous lateral decor. The throat, crop and chest are pale grey-blue; the belly, sides, and uropygium are white with rufous longitudinal markings. Adult females of the Montagu’s Harrier are similar to hen harriers, yet in the uropygium they present red-brown longitudinal marks.

Habitat: This migratory bird nests on the ground, as a rule in a damp meadow, or by the waterside.

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Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina)

Description: As is clear from the name, this is a smaller spotted eagle: its total length is 62- 65 cm, the wing length – 44-51 cm, and weight – 1.5-1.8 kg. In coloration, the Lesser Spotted Eagle is similar to the common one, if lighter, with side rudders usually laterally decorated.

Habitat: A migratory bird, wintering mainly inAfrica, the Lesser Spotted Eagle prefers mixed forests, alternating with river valleys, meadows and swamps. It is listed in the Russian Red Book.

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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Description: The Buzzard measures as follows: 46-57 cm long in total, 100-120 cm of wingspan, 34-42.5 cm long wings, and weight of 600-1200 gr. Females are significantly large than males. The Buzzard’s coloration varies. One year old adults have their major tone on the back side in the red-brown variety – from dark red-brown to rufous red-brown, with lighter lining on the feathers; the primary quills are red-brown with whitish bases of the inner vanes and a blurry blackish red-brown lateral pattern; the rudders are fair red-brown or rufous red-brown with fine blackish lateral décor and a broad black apical stripe; the belly side is ocher or red-brown with dark and light lateral pattern.

Habitat: In the Eastern Europe andAsia, the buzzards are migratory and sedentary in other parts of the nesting area. They nest in tall trees, usually in the vicinities of forest fringes. Often the nests are used several years in a row.

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Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus)

Description: With the total length of 45-52 cm, the wing length of 37-43.5 cm, and weight of 600-1100 gr, the Honey Buzzard is lightly built; its wings and tail are long, so that the bird looks bigger than it is. The bill is low-set; the nostrils are slot-like, running diagonally. Usually, adult species have their back side greyish red-brown with dark on-stem bars, and the crown and nape in the males are often grey. The quills are red-brown with whitish stem roots and black lateral bars, and the rudders are red-brown with darker red-brown crossbars and a moiré pattern. The belly side is either red-brown, or white with red-brown lateral decor, or white with dark red-brown longitudinal marks. The bill and talons are black, the iris is yellow or orange, the cere is dark grey, and the feet are yellow.

Habitat: Honey buzzards are woodland species, preferring thinner forests, alternating with open expanses.

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White-Tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)

Description: Larger than the Golden Eagle, the White-Tailed Eagle has a characteristic peculiarity in flight – long and broad ‘rectangular’ wings, a fairly small head, and a broad and short cuneiform tail. The coloration in adults is the shades of red-brown, the head is brownish ocher or whitish, the quills are dark red-brown, and the tail is pure white. The length is 70-98 cm, and the weight is 3-6.5 kg.

Habitat: The bird resides in the tall trees convenient for nesting, by the lake or riverside, away from human interference. It is listed in the Red Books of Russia and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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Sparrow-Hawk (Accipiter nisus)

Description: The bird differs from goshawks by smaller dimensions, a lighter build, relatively longer tarso-metatarsi and digits. The total length is 30-43 cm, with the length of the wing being 18-26 cm, and weight of 120-280 gr. The adult males are in the variety of greyish blue on the back side, with a blackish crown, white brow and white streaks on the nape; the belly side is whitish or ocher with a reddish brown or rufous lateral pattern. The females can be told apart by the red-brown coloration of the back, their white belly side laterally patterned red-brown. The undertail is white in both genders. The iris is orange-yellow; the bill is bluish red-brown; the talons are black; the cere and legs are yellow.

Habitat: Sparrow-hawks nest year in year out in the same site, yet every year they build a new nest next to the old one. For nesting, they prefer forest skirts by river valleys, roads etc. The nests are placed predominantly in coniferous tress, and pines in particular.

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