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Wedge-tailed eagle

With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

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The magnificent wedge-tailed eagle is often found across NSW in open woodlands with good ground cover, but it inhabits diverse environments from the coast to the outback.

Once airborne, it deftly uses air currents and thermals from nearby hills to soar to heights of up to 2km above the ground.

If you spot a wedge-tailed eagle, look for its mate, as wedge-tailed eagles are known to mate for life. High in the forks of branches, you might spot the large platforms of sticks that form its nest.

Animal facts

Common name
Wedge-tailed eagle
Scientific name
Aquila audax
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

The view across the rocky george. Photo:Boris Hlavica