White-tailed Eagle (Haliaaetus albicilla)

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White-tailed Eagle White-tailed Eagle

With a wingspan of up to 2.5 m, the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaaetus albicilla) is one of the largest eagles in the world. This Eurasian species, occurring from southern Greenland through northern Europe and Russia, is closely related to the American Bald Eagle occupying the same ecological niche. In most parts of its range the birds are residents, only in northern Europe and Russia they migrate south during the winter months. The large eagles are characterized by a broad yellow bill, a brown coat with a distinctly lighter head and almost white tail feathers. Immatures have a brown bill and a rather uniform, dark brown colour (see photographs below).

The White-tailed Eagle can reach 25 years in age, feeding mostly on fish and small mammals. Nevertheless, this diet is changed according to circumstances as the birds are generally quite opportunistic. In the 50s and 60s the species…

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