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White-bellied sea eagle

White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

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White-bellied sea eagles are often spotted by bird watchers in coastal regions, and sometimes around large lakes and inland rivers, throughout Australia. With powerful talons, a hooked beak and a wingspan up to 2m across, this Australian raptor is a skilled and deadly hunter. Also known as the white-breasted sea eagle, these powerful birds of prey feed on snakes, turtles, other birds and even flying foxes.

White-bellied sea eagles have a very loud goose-like honk that is commonly heard during the breeding season, from May to October.

Animal facts

Common name
White-bellied sea eagle
Scientific name
Haliaeetus leucogaster
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Bridle trail, Arakoon National Park. Photo: Debbie McGerty/NSW Government