1748. Aquila nipalensis nipalensis

(1748) Aquila nipalensis nipalensis (Hodgs.).
THE EASTERN STEPPE EAGLE.
Aquila nipalensis nipalensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 70.
This fine Eagle has a breeding range extending from Central Asia, North China, Mongolia and South-East Siberia, South to the North-West Himalayas and, presumably, the hills of Central China.
Under the name of Aquila bifasciata Hume records certain notes as to the breeding of the Steppe Eagle, which he links with the true imperialis (=heliaca), and all seem to refer to this latter bird.
I can find no record, to prove that it ever really breeds in India, but I have a clutch of three eggs taken and given to me by J. Davidson which he obtained at Guzerat on the 5th December, 1892, in a “nest, a large mass of sticks and branches high up in a big tree standing alone in cultivation near Hansapur.”
Those three eggs are broad ovals, one almost pure white, the other two faintly spotted with light brown, one rather more sparingly and darkly than the other two. They measure 67.6 x 55.0, 69.4 x 56.1 and 67.0 x 53.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1748. Aquila nipalensis nipalensis
Spp Author: 
Hodgs.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1748
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
48
Common name: 
Eastern Steppe Eagle
M_ID: 
2782
M_SN: 
Aquila nipalensis nipalensis
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
14922

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