The Bonelli's Eagle

Perhaps the most dynamic of all eagles, Bonelli's Eagle is a typical species of the open lands in the Mediterranean region, where it feeds mainly on medium-sized mammals and birds.Ιn Cyprus it is called “Perticosiachino” (the raptor that hunts partridges), in Crete and other islands “Philadelphus” (because it is often found in pairs).

A resident species in the Mediterranean, it used to be more common in the past in Greece, nowadays mainly found in the Aegean islands, Crete and SE Peloponnese. It is an endangered species in Europe (Nearly Threatened) and in Greece is classified as Vulnerable. Greece hosts 100-140 pairs of Bonelli’s Eagle and Cyprus 40-50.


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A first for Cyprus: €21,000 fine impos...

Monday 23 Jan.

A €21,000 fine was issued by the prosecuting authorities a few days ago for the killing of wild birds using poison baits. The fine represents a big step forward that will hopefully have a strong deterrent effect on similar illegal...


Meteora: One Of The Oldest And Most Impo...

Saturday 30 Apr.

Meteora is one of the oldest and most important organized climbing fields in Greece and one of the most recognizable destinations in the world. For almost 50 years, the imposing cliffs have attracted hundreds of climbers from all over the...


The first Bonelli's Eagle of the season ...

Monday 25 Apr.

The breeding season of the Bonelli's Eagles has started since February, so in many nests are already present fully-feathered chicks, that will be ready soon for their first flight.

The first ringing for this year's breeding season under the LIFE...


Fortune in its unfortunate was a young f...

Friday 04 Mar.

The young Bonelli’s eagle that we named Maini due to her Mani origin, was tagged with a satellite transmitter by the team of HOS/BirdLife Greece in June 2021 in her nest in Eastern Mani. During her wanderings she discovered Kythira...


Poisoned Bonelli’s eagle in Cyprus

Monday 28 Feb.

Today, in Cyprus, took place one of the most unpleasant cases of poisoning: an adult Bonelli’s eagle, an endangered species in Greece and Cyprus, was found poisoned in the Lower Tower of Tillyria.

The Research team of the Game & Fauna...


Young Bonelli’s Eagle with satellite t...

Monday 31 Jan.

After the two serious cases of poaching that we had last autumn in Crete with victims two strictly protected birds of prey, a Bonelli’s Eagle and a Golden Eagle, unfortunately the new year reserved for us another painful side of...


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The LIFE Bonelli eastMed project “Conservation & Management of the Bonelli's eagle population in east Mediterranean” will address the most critical threats to Bonelli’s eagle populations in Greece and Cyprus. The overall objective is to ensure the long-term favourable conservation status for the species’ interconnected local populations, through the establishment and operation of the East Mediterranean Bonelli’s Eagle Network.

The project is implemented by the Natural Museum of Crete - University of Crete, the Game and Fauna Service (Game Fund) - Cyprus, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, the Ministry of Environment & Energy - Greece, the Department of Forests - Cyprus and the NCC Environmental Studies Ltd with the financial contribution of the LIFE instrument of the EE.

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