Ötzi Village & Birds of Prey Park - Am Tauferberg 8 - 6441 Umhausen

Steppe Eagle

Ayuila Nipalensis


Order: Birds of Prey (Accipitriformes)

Family: Hawkweed (Accipitridae)

Size: 60 – 80 cm

Span: 165 – 210 cm

Weight: 2.400 – 3.800 g


As a young bird, the Steppe eagle is uniformly coloured light brown. With about 7 – 8 years the Steppe eagle becomes sexually mature and turns dark brown. As with many other birds of prey, one can only recognize the sex by size – the females are about one third larger. Characteristic for the steppe eagle is the broad beak (Beck), which enables it to swallow large chunks of meat at once. As its name suggests, it comes from the steppe regions of Asia, is also a migratory bird partially native to Africa. On his journey to warm Africa, the Steppe eagle can reach heights of up to 7,900 meters. The main food consists of small mammals, such as the ground squirrel, and carrion he does not spurn