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Conservation status: Red

The white-tailed eagle is the largest UK bird of prey. It has brown body plumage with a conspicuously pale head and neck which can be almost white in older birds, and the tail feathers of adults are white. In flight it has massive long, broad wings with 'fingered' ends. Its head protrudes and it has a short, wedge-shaped tail. It went extinct in the UK during the early 20th century, due to illegal killing, and the present population has been reintroduced.

Illustrations

Overview

Latin name

Haliaeetus albicilla

Family

Hawks, vultures and eagles (Accipitridae)

Where to see them

A rare breeding bird which was previously confined to the west coast of Scotland, though a reintroduction programme is taking place in east Scotland.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Fish and birds

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-37-44 pairs--

Distribution

Key

Audio

Jarek Matusiak, Xeno-canto

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