African Fish Eagle

DISTRIBUTION JUVENILE

bird launching itself into the air from a perch

Plumage Scxes alike-

Habitat

Migration Non.migram

Most often seen singly or in pairs on high branches in its waterside territory, this is a specialized, fish-eating eagle. Watching from a perch more often than hunting in flight, it swoops to snatch fish from just beneath the surface, using a backward swing of the feet. It also eats stranded fish and other carrion, as well as killing waterbirds. The species is well known for its yelping, four-note call.

• NEST A large pile of sticks with a central bowl, lined with grass and usually placed in a tree near water.

• Distribution Africa south of the Sahara.

• REMARK Females are larger than males.

DISTRIBUTION JUVENILE

bird launching itself into the air from a perch

Family Ac:ciPlTRlDAE

Species HfjUaeetus leucocephalus

Family Ac:ciPlTRlDAE

Species HfjUaeetus leucocephalus

strong, grasping feet

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