- Haliaeetus vocifer
63–75 cm (24¾-29½ in)
- White head, breast and tail
- Dark wings
- Chestnut belly.
Africa: widespread and common over most of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal east to Ethiopia and south to the Cape. Scarce or absent from much of Somalia and the arid south-west. Probably largely resident with dispersal in response to rains in more arid areas.
An extremely rare vagrant to the Western Palearctic recorded in Egypt in November 1947 and at Lake Nasser, a juvenile in October 1997. A record of three birds in Sinai in November 1967 is now rejected.
Rivers and lakes and along coasts and in estuaries and mangroves. Usually requires large trees for lookouts and nesting.
Feeds mainly on fish (up to 3 kg), but also eats carrion, birds and eggs (rarely mammals, reptiles and insects). Food is often robbed from other waterbirds.
The call is a loud, ringing WHOW-kayow-kwow.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) African Fish Eagle. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 22 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/African_Fish_Eagle