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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Do not disturb!

Tuesday 11 May.

On their field trips to the study sites of the LIFE Bonelli eastMed Project during the 2020-2021 breeding season, the dedicated Team from the University of Crete – Natural History Museum of of Crete located possible sources of...


Three threatened with extinction vulture...

Sunday 25 Apr.

On Friday, 23rd of April 2021, George Chorafas and ‘”Paka”, the Antipoison Dog Unit of the project in Crete, were called to investigate a tragic incident of poisoning. The Team had just concluded a patrol at the area of Vainia...


Tagging of the first Bonelli’s Eagle o...

Thursday 22 Apr.

The first Bonelli’s Eagle of the season is tagged in western Crete by the team of the Natural History Museum - University of Crete.

It's one of the two fledglings of a well known nest of the species in Crete, that...


Bonelli’s Eagle found dead near wind f...

Wednesday 14 Oct.

Last Monday, officers from Game & Fauna Service Cyprus visited an area with wind turbines near Kosi – Ayia Anna. The reason was the static signal sent from the transmitter of a Bonelli’s Eagle, tagged under LIFE Bonelli EastMed Project...


Seminar for the identification & monitor...

Monday 27 Jul.

On Tuesday, 14th of July 2020, the University of Crete - Natural History Museum of Crete (UoC-NHMC) organized an educational seminar at the Crisis Management Room of the Decentralized Administration of Crete, under the tile "Identification & monitoring of Bonelli`s...


Τagged Bonelli’s Eagles from Mani, Gr...

Wednesday 08 Jul.

Another difficult mission with a positive outcome for the study and protection of the Bonelli’s Eagle. A few weeks ago in Mani, southern Peloponnese, two chicks were ringed and tagged with satellite transmitters. The two juvenile eagles were given the...


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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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