April 14, 2016 – Eastern Imperial Eagle, Asian Imperial Eagle, or Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)

Requested by: @taylorrbranham

These eagles are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. They eat small mammals, reptiles, including tortoises, insects, carrion, birds, and rarely, fish. Hunting alone or sometimes with a partner, they often wait near rodent burrows to catch the animals as they leave, or steal prey from other raptors. Usually forming pairs at around four years old, they stay together for life. Pairs build their stick nests in the tops of tall trees, lining them with grass and feathers. Both parents incubate the eggs. They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN due to destruction of forests, nest robbing and trade by humans, hunting and poisoning, electrocution on power lines, and shortages of some of their prey species.