The booted is a small eagle, comparable to the common buzzard in size though more eagle-like in shape. There are two relatively distinct plumage forms. Pale birds are mainly light grey with a darker head and flight feathers. The other form has mid-brown plumage with dark grey flight feathers. Males grow to about 510?770 grams (1.12?1.70 lb) in weight, with females about 950?1,000 grams (2.09?2.20 lb). It is about 46 centimetres (18 in) in length and has a wingspan of 120 centimetres (47 in).

Habitat and Distribution

It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is migratory, wintering in southern Europe, North Africa and across Asia where it breeds. This is a species of wooded, often hilly countryside with some open areas.


It hunts small mammals, reptiles and birds up to 5 times its own weight.


This eagle lays 1-2 eggs in a tree or crag nest.

Calls and Songs

The call is a shrill kli-kli-kli.