What do they look like? The White-bellied Sea Eagle has white on its head, rump and underparts with dark grey on its back and wings. It has a large grey bill with a darker tip and dark hazel eyes. The legs and feet are a white/cream colour with long black talons. The males are usually around 75cm in height and the females are up to 85cm in height. They have a wingspan of approximately 2 metres.
Where do they live? The White-bellied Sea Eagle is the second largest bird of prey found in Australia. It is not a true Eagle but a very large Kite. They reside in coastal areas of Australia.
What do they eat? They feed on fish, sea snakes, rabbits, turtles as well as other birds, mammals and dead prey. They are skilled hunters and will often intimidate smaller birds forcing them to give up any food they may be carrying. The White-bellied Sea Eagle feeds mainly in pairs or small family groups.
Behaviour: The White-bellied Sea Eagles form permanent pairs and generally live in family groups. They have a loud honking call which is quite common during breeding season. They are generally seen perched high in a tree or soaring over waterways.
Threats: White-bellied Sea Eagles seem used to humans however they are threatened by habitat loss due to development which removes suitable nesting sites and prey.
Conservation Status: Species Requiring Consideration (Listed us vulnerable in Victoria and Tasmania)