PORT PHILLIP BAY


White-bellied Sea-eagle 

Haliaeetus leucogaster

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Falconiformes
Family:
Accipitridae
Genus:
Haliaeetus
Species:
leucogaster

General Description

Head and underparts white, back grey. Rear edge of wings dark grey, and top of wing grey. Short tail white with small pointed end. Young birds mottled brown instead of plain white. Body up to 80 cm long.

Biology

Calls of White-bellied Sea-eagles sound like the honking of geese.

Habitat

Fresh and salt water lakes, coastal areas.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Pacific Islands and Australia.

Species Group

Birds Eagles and falcons

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

Above surface

Max Size

80 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Vulnerable
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Haliaeetus leucogaster, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7956

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