From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Steppe Eagle
Mains level : Conservation of migratory birds in India
A lone endangered steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) has been sighted by a group of birdwatchers in a paddy field near Vijayawada.
- The Steppe Eagle is a migratory raptor which has undergone extremely rapid population declines within all its range.
- It breeds in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia during the winter season.
- Steppe eagle is the second-largest migratory eagle species to India.
- IUCN Status: It has moved from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Endangered’