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Black Eagle : Spotted

Black Eagle : Spotted

A rare black eagle was spotted for the first time in the lush Chail wildlife sanctuary located in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district.

  • Black Eagle belongs to the family Accipitridae and is the only member of the genus Ictinaetus.
  • These are large and distinctive dark eagles of forested mountains and hills.
  • The distinguishing feature of the majestic bird is its striking yellow beak, a vibrant contrast to its black feathers.
  • They soar over forests in the hilly regions of tropical and subtropical South and Southeast Asia, as well as southeastern China.
  • They are found in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir, forests of the Eastern and Western Ghats in peninsular India.
  • Conservation status
    • IUCN: Least concern

Chail wildlife sanctuary:

  • It is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
  • It comprises part of the catchment area of a tributary of the Giri River.
  • It is densely covered by Oak and Pine, apart from grassland.
  • It includes animal species of wild boar, goral, sambar, spotted deer, Himalayan black bear, common langur, Indian porcupine, flying squirrel, etc.