White-tailed eagle

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White-tailed eagle
Haliaeetus albicilla -captive-8a.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaeetus
Binomial name
Haliaeetus albicilla
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla[1]) — also called the sea eagle, erne, and white-tailed sea-eagle — is a large bird of prey.

It is in the family Accipitridae, which includes other raptors, such as hawks and kites. It is a close cousin of the bald eagle but it lives in Eurasia.

Description[change | change source]

Adult, wild eagle from Svolvær, Norway showing its long, broad, fingered wings, heavy beak and short wedge-shaped tail

The white-tailed eagle is a very large bird. It measures 66–94 cm (26–37 in) in length with a 1.78–2.45 m (5.8–8.0 ft) wingspan. The wingspan averages about 7 feet. This is the largest of any eagle.[2] [3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Etymology: Haliaeetus, New Latin for "sea-eagle". albicilla, "white-tailed", from Latin albi- "white" + cilla, "tail".
  2. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (4th ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Geographic. 2002. ISBN 978-0792268772. 
  3. Ferguson-Lees, J.; Christie, D. (2001). Raptors of the World. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-8026-1.