While from media reports the Little Eagle seems to be doing well, there are grounds for concern amongst experts who have been studying this bird for many years. The 3 successful breeding pairs observed recently is a far smaller number than the 13 observed in the 1980s and 1990s. It is currently listed as vulnerable in both the ACT and NSW.
When is a bird species regionally threatened? A discussion of the not-so-simple concept of ‘regional extinction’ in relation to the Australian Capital Territory
Eleven historic breeding territories of ACT Little Eagles is an underestimate – A reply to Olsen and Rae (2017)
An inconvenient Eagle