White-tailed Sea Eagle

White-tailed Sea Eagle

White-tailed Sea Eagle
Haliaeetus albicilla


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Falconiformes
FAMILY
Accipitridae

Range

Europe, Russia, Middle East, Greenland, and the coastlands of China


Habitat

Frequents fresh and marine waters such as coasts, rocky islands, rivers, marshes and lakes


Diet

Fish, sea birds, ducks, and mammals

Weight

MALE 9.5 lbs.
FEMALE 12 lbs.

Size

30 - 37 in.

Wingspan

Up to 8 ft.

Incubation

34 - 46 days

Clutch

1 - 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • White-tailed sea eagles are the largest bird of prey in Britain, and the fourth largest eagle in the world.
  • Their courtship flights are known for a spectacular display where the pair locks claws and spins in descending cartwheels until they are near the ground.
  • Sea eagles prefer to stay close to undisturbed cliffs and large mature trees for nesting.
  • They make loud, powerful calls. The alarm call "kli kli kli" is also used in defense of territory against other sea-eagles.

 

Conservation

Pesticides containing now-illegal chemicals had a drastic effect on the eagles' survival, fertility, and reproduction success. With the ban of the hazardous substances, the sea eagle population has slowly recovered.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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