Little Eagle

Hieraaetus morphnoides

The Little Eagle prefers to hunt over grassland and open woodland outside urban areas but also flies over the suburbs. Its calls, as well as harassment by magpies and ravens, attract attention. However, it is recorded less frequently than the Wedge-tailed Eagle, although the seasonal pattern is similar with a late summer to autumn peak. Numbers peaked in 1993-94, then declined, but appear to have stabilised in recent years. It is worth noting, however, that in 2008 the Little Eagle was declared a vulnerable species in the ACT.  R=86.