Lesser Spotted Eagle nests in Europe and winters in sub-Saharan Africa. Numbers are currently stable. Major threats are poaching and habitat destruction.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS, or Bonn Convention) as migratory species that conservation is requiring international cooperation.
■ Listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats as a strictly protected fauna species.
■ Listed in Annex I of EU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive).
■ An especially protected species in Latvia (the Cabinet of Ministers' Regulations No. 396 on November 14, 2000).
Read about Lesser Spotted Eagle breeding at Riga Zoo:
Matsone L., Chichagov S., Denisov I., Denisov J. 1996. First captive breeding of the Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina in Riga Zoo. – Meyburg B.-U., Chancellor R.D. eds. Eagle Studies. Berlin, London, Paris: World Working Group on Birds of Prey. Pp. 267–272.
Read about Riga Zoo's participation in Lesser Spotted Eagle conservation project in Germany:
Meyburg B.-U., Bergmanis U., Langgemach T., Graszynski K., Hinz A., Borner I., Meyburg C., Vansteelant W.M.G. 2017. Orientation of native versus translocated juvenile lesser spotted eagles (Clanga pomarina) on the first autumn migration. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 2765–2776.
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Aves – birds
■ Order Accipitriformes – hawks, eagles, kites and relatives
■ Family Accipitridae – hawks, eagles and vultures
■ Species Aquila pomarina – Lesser Spotted Eagle