White-bellied Sea Eagle

It is resident from India through southeast Asia to Australia on coasts and major waterways. It is a distinctive bird. The adult has white head, breast, under-wing coverts and tail. The upper parts are grey and the black under-wing flight feathers contrast with the white coverts. The tail is short and wedge-shaped as in all Haliaeetus species.

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The White-bellied Sea Eagle is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The White-bellied Sea Eagle was first described by the German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1788. Its species name is derived from the Ancient Greek leuko- 'white' and gaster 'belly'. Its closest relative is the little-known Sanford's Sea-eagle of the Solomon Islands. These form a species pair, and as usual in sea eagle species pairs, as opposed to the dark-headed Sanford's, the White-bellied Sea-eagle has a white head. Talons, bill, and eyes are dark as in all Gondwanan sea eagles. More

White-bellied Sea EagleDescription The White-bellied Sea-eagle is one of the largest raptors in Southeast Asia, and the second largest bird of prey in Australia after the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) which stands up to 1 m. The sea eagle is white on the head, rump and underparts and dark grey on the back and wings. More

The wingspan of the White-bellied Sea Eagle is about 2 meters = 7 feet. Favorite food of the White-bellied Sea Eagle is Sea Snake. The Sea snakes are mostly confined to the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, The Banded Sea Snake, or Yellow-Lipped Sea Krait are venomous but are not aggressive to divers as you will see in the video below. More

A White-bellied Sea Eagle was once observed dropping large crabs onto rocks 30-40 m below, but this is not common behaviour. If they are not feeding young, they eat their catch on the wing. They usually forage in pairs. Mangrove and wetland wildlife at Sungei Buloh Nature Park Main features: Large (60-70cm); long broad wings which are narrower at the tip; tail wedge-shaped. White head, neck and underparts; upperparts grey; feet and bill grey. More

White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster at the Lakkavalli Dam. Indian Birds 4(2):71 12. ^ Gopi G. V. & Pandav, B. (2006). "White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster preying on salt-water crocodile Crocodylus porosus". Indian Birds 2 (6): 171. http://www.indianbirds.in/pdfs/White-bellied%20Sea-Eagle%20Haliaeetus.pdf. 13. ^ Heinsohn, Tom (2000). More

“The White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is one of the largest raptors in Southeast Asia. Its distinct image can even be found (printed) on the $10,000 Singapore note. This eagle is a good hunter and feeds mainly on fish and sea snakes. “These magnificent eagles were often seen with fish caught in their powerful talons. Before today, I have never (personally) seen these eagles with snakes in their talons. More

* White-bellied Sea Eagle in battling a crow “In response to the posting on the White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus... * Peregrine Falcon mobbed by a crow We recently posted an image of a crow mobbing... * Black-shouldered Kite and the House Crow An earlier posting gave an account of the House Crows... More

* White-Bellied Sea Eagles Whirl - Sea eagles clash in an aerial dogfight as they fight over food and territory. * Amphibians - Take a look into the dual world of amphibians, crossing the lines between land and water, with tadpoles, frogs, toads, and more. More

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Order : Falconiformes
Family : Accipitridae
Genus : Haliaeetus
Species : leucogaster
Authority : (Gmelin, 1788)