The Rhodian Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila Pasciata)
This is the largest bird of prey that reproduces on Rhodes and its body length ranges between fifty five and sixty five centimetres. It mainly feeds on birds and small mammals, such as rabbits, hares, partridges and pigeons, and usually hunts in open, bushy areas.
It is a monogamous species and nests on steep cliffs. The female lays two eggs and both parents care for the young. The chicks leave the nest approximately one hundred forty days after their birth. They mature over three to four years. Subsequently, they can reproduce.
The Bonelli’s Eagle is a very rare species of eagle and it is believed that only two or three couples live on the island; the total number in Greece is estimated at approximately one hundred forty. It is a protected bird species at a national and European level. It was last encountered on Rhodes at Apolakkia Dam.