Alternative names: White-bellied Fish Eagle; White-breasted Fish Eagle; White-breasted Sea Eagle
- Haliaeetus leucogaster
75-85cm (29½-33½ in)
- White head, rump and underparts
- Dark grey upperparts
- Large, grey hooked bill with a darker tip
- Brown eye
- Creamy-white legs with long black talons
Sexes are similar. Males slightly smaller than females
Juveniles: brown, acquiring the complete adult plumage by their fourth year.
Range: Southern Asia to Australasia.
Breeds coastally in much of India and from Burma and southern China south to Peninsula Malaysia and Singapore, and from the Philippines, Borneo and Sumatra east to New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and Australia.
Coasts, islands, estuaries and mangroves. In some areas inland along larger rivers and around large lakes.
The diet includes fish, turtles and sea snakes, birds and mammals. It also feeds on carrion such as sheep and fish along the waterline.
Two to three eggs are laid in large stick tree nests.
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- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) White-bellied Sea Eagle. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 15 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/White-bellied_Sea_Eagle