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Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), a.k.a. Red-backed Sea-eagle in Australia, found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other prey.

Javan Hawk Eagle - endangered ~ One of the rarest of all raptors, the Javan Hawk-eagle is believed to be a monogamous species. The female usually lays one egg in nest high on top of forest trees. The diet consists mainly of birds, lizards, fruit bats and mammals.

from BBC News

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only apprentice huntress.

Golden Eagle: I met this guy as a child when, from the kitchen window, I saw his shadow pass over our house. He landed in a nearby tree and was so big I was afraid he could pick me up and carry me away. He had this same look on his face : )

from Telegraph.co.uk

Pictures of the day: 6 December 2010

Thousands of starlings surround a lone bird of prey which had swooped down to pick off a straggler. "Starlings have a very particular way of defending themselves from their predators like falcons and harriers. They form a large tightly packed flock and mob their enemy, scaring it off, frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape."

from Mail Online

Crows' excellent memory helps them tell human friend from foe

(Crows have an excellent memory for human faces, a study has revealed.) * * THEY ALSO HAVE OVER 300 DIFFERENT CALLS.

from The Independent

Largest owls in the world threaten British birds

Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) is a very large and powerful bird, smaller than the Golden Eagle but larger than the Snowy Owl. It is sometimes referred to as the world's largest owl, although Blakiston's Fish Owl (B. blakistoni) is slightly heavier on average and the Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa) is slightly longer on average.

The Harpy Eagle is a Neotropical species of eagle. It is the largest raptor found in the Americas, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world