Little EagleScientific name: Hieraaetus morphnoides

Meaning of name: Hieraaetus¬†is from the Greek words hierax, meaning hawk, and aetos, meaning eagle. Morphnoides is from the Greek words morphnos, a kind of eagle, and –oides, meaning like.

Distribution: Widespread across Australia but absent from the sandy deserts, Nullarbor Plain and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Description: Up to 55cm long with a 135cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2,885km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 25 years 11.2 months after being banded (information as at 14 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html