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FAMILY ACCIPITRIDAE
White Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)


Adult White Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)The White Bellied Sea Eagle may be seen hunting for fish, sea snakes, tortoises, water birds and land animals up to the size of rabbits throughout coastal Australia. The White Bellied Sea Eagle's range extends to lowland and inland rivers and lakes in Eastern Australia and up through New Guinea, Indonesia and Southern China to India.

White Bellied Sea Eagles can present with bodyweights close to those of Wedge Tailed Eagles, but their wingspan is generally not as broad, leaving the Wedge Tail secure in its title as Australia's undisputed largest raptor.  Juvenile sea eagles have a brownish plumage, only acquiring their snowy white head and belly when they mature as adults in their third or fourth year.

The White Bellied Sea Eagle belongs to the same genus (Haliaeetus) as the American Bald Eagle.

Juvenile White Bellied Sea Eagle <i>(Haliaeetus leucogaster)</i>
Juvenile Sea Eagle photograph courtesy of Ms Yvonne Sitko; Adult Sea Eagle photograph by Luke Jenkins, courtesy of Ms Noelene Jenkins


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