Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Spotted eagle/ lesser spotted

  1. #1
    Junior Member Marco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Default Spotted eagle/ lesser spotted

    hi, I live in Lithuania, in my local wood are a pair of either lesser spotted or spotted eagles?, the lesser spotted is more common for the area. I have looked at the photos in the gallery and still cant decide, because of the trees Its hard to get a good look as they fly by, I see them most weeks in the spring and summer. Whats the best way to differentiate between these two birds??

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Kreis Recklinghausen


    That's hardly a beginner's ID!
    Lesser Spotted is more likely in Lithuania.
    The best feature to look at is the way the wings are coloured. In Lesser Spotted, the flight feathers are darker than the wing linings (underwing coverts); in Greater Spotted, the wing linings are darker (or the same colour) than the flight feathers.

  3. #3
    Junior Member Marco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Thumbs up

    Thanks, just been to the woods, there are the lesser spotted eagles I saw last year and a new pair of spotted eagles, there is a clearing in the forest where their new territories border hence confusion but as you said the wing colouring is key, also I noticed the spotted eagle has thicker wings.

Similar Threads

  1. Greater and Lesser Spotted Eagles pdf!
    By BBREE in forum Surfbirds Noticeboard
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: January 10th, 2013, 03:24 AM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: December 7th, 2011, 09:21 PM
  3. Lesser Spotted Eagle
    By carlos in forum Raptors
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: March 13th, 2011, 11:56 AM
  4. Lesser or (Greater) Spotted Eagle?
    By michael woodman-smith in forum Advanced Bird Identification Q&A
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: November 14th, 2009, 12:25 PM
  5. Lesser-spotted eagle
    By Danny vokins in forum European Rare Birds
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: October 19th, 2009, 07:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts