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Information for White-bellied sea eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster

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White-bellied sea eagle
Haliaeetus leucogaster

A large, distinctive raptor with a white head, body and wings and grey upperparts.

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Immature White-bellied sea eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster - Photo by Alex Pawlow

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The female is slightly larger than the male and can grow to 90cm and have a wingspan of up to 2.2 metres.

Although it is an accomplished hunter, catching fish by gliding over the water and grasping the in its talons, it will also take carrion. It will also take birds and mammals when available.