Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) is a symbol of the Kazakh steppe. 68.5 – 82.2% of the world species population nests in Kazakhstan, the number of the species for 2018 amounted to 25500–46065 pairs. Steppe Eagle numbers are declining (RRRCN).
A large eagle with wide and long wings and a short rounded tail. Coloration of adult birds is monophonic dark brown. The flight feathers underneath are the same color as the wing coverts and belly, or darker than them, with a clearly visible transverse striping. There is a white spot on the upper tail. There is a rusty or ocher spot on the back of the head, the size of which varies significantly in different individuals. Young and semi-adult birds have a narrow white stripe on the underside of the wing, formed by large undercoverts of the flight feathers (the so-called “juvenile” stripe), which clearly distinguishes Steppe Eagles of this age from other eagle species (RRRCN).
- Death from an electric shock on overhead power lines (OPL) with a capacity of 6-10 kV.
- Habitat loss;
- Poisoning in wintering areas;
- Illegal catch and trade;