The subspecies Aquila Chrysaetos Daphanea is indigineous to Central Asia and at the same time the most sought after type of Golden  Eagle in falconry.
A typical feature of all Daphanea Eagles is the featherless supraorbital bone above the eyes.
The Asian falconers diffentiate between no less than five (!) Daphanea subspecies. In my book I am differentiating between only the two main Daphanea subspecies, which are ornithologically important. To be entirely correct however, all five types of Daphanea should be considered, since they are quite different in appearance and their morphology.

For example the 'Kitai' type of Daphanea, which is only indigineous to a part of the Tienschan mountains in China, as well as in a small area along the Kirgese/Chinese border. This Daphanea subspecies only breeds above 9000ft of altitude and is the most colorful of all Golden Eagles. When comparinig the very few DNA fingerprints available of the 'Kitai' with other Kirgese and Kazakh Golden Eagle subspecies, there is surprisingly no direct genetic (subspecies-)relationship. There are only 5 Kitai specimens in the whole of Europe, by the way, all other Daphanea Eagles in Europe are either from the Steppe-Daphanea or High-Alpine-Daphanea subspecies.


Ever since Golden Eagles are bred in captivity, it is possible to quasi select between the color and the different subspecies. Unfortunately everyone seems to be breeding  criss-cross the Golden Eagle subspecies: European Alpine Eagles are being crossed with Asian subspecies, or American Eagles are crossed with Turkish subspecies etc. whatever is ready at the time to be inseminated...
Aquila Chrysaetos Daphanea 'Kitai' - one of the extremely rare specimens in Europe. Blackbrown chest, and extremely light nape feathers which go all the way down to the shoulders, as well as the front of the wings.
Especially in Czech and Germany Golden Eagles are sometimes offered (even on the Internet) as the sought after 'Daphanea' subspecies.  Only very few of them are real 'Daphanea' Eagles and even if they are, then mostly only one of their parents while the other one usually being a bird of the Balkan region. Such Eagles are then sold as true 'Daphanea' for exorbitant prices. It seems that unfortunatley the money is the most important factor, although in reality these birds overpriced subspecies-hybrids. These birds might be good for hunting, but no true purebred subspecies and should not used for further breeding. F rom a medium to longterm perspective the further criss-crossing of the Golden Eagle subspecies is not good for falconry at all and even produces birds with secondary deformities.

As a general rule, any potential buyer should require a copy of the CITES documents of the bird's parents or request a third party DNA test - usually such a procedure clears things up pretty quickly.



Comparatively a European Alpine Golden Eagle has a bit more golden color on the neck, also a hinted pale wing bow and livid deck feathers on the wing, whereas the Turkish Golden Eagle generally has a more blackbrownish plumage with only a few subtle hinted paler touches on the back of the head the wing bow. The supraorbital bone is completely feathered.

European Alpine SubspeciesTurkish Golden Eagle

UNESCO Kulturerbe!

Paris, 5.12.2012 12:02h

UNESCO nimmt auch die österreichische Falknerei in die repräsentative Liste des Immateriellen Kulturerbes der Menschheit auf.


Zoo Schönbrunn mußte alle Pelikane einschläfern

Nachdem die ganze Kolonie der Krauskopfpelikane mit dem Vogelgrippe Virus H5-N8 infiziert war, mußte der Zoo die gesamte Kolonie einschläfern.

Wir sind tief betroffen und können nachempfinden, was dies auch für das Personal des Zoos bedeuten muß.

Wie bereits auch in unserem Newsletter, möchten wir nachdrücklich alle Falkner um entsprechende Unterbringung ihrer Vögel ersuchen.

International Journal of Falconry 2014

Die Ausgabe 2014 der bekannten IAF Zeitschrift wird demnächst erscheinen.

Zur Vorabbestellung und Abonnements kommen Sie direkt durch Klick auf das Bild.


Jäger vereint gegen Wildkriminalität

Die Jäger der Welt treffen sich am 24. April 2014 in Mailand, Italien, im Rahmen der 61. Generalversammlung des CIC zu einem historischen Welt-Gipfeltreffen mit dem Titel: “Jäger vereint gegen Wildkriminalität


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