Get to know the birds of Turkey - 20 - White-tailed Eagle

Hello friends,

Today's guest is the largest eagle found in Europe and Turkey:

White-tailed Eagle - Haliaeetus albicilla

White-tailed Eagle in Flight on Clear Sky

Being the largest (biggest) eagle in Turkey and Europe, the White-tailed Eagle nests in forest areas overlooking the lakes, rivers and/or coastal saltwaters. It's also referred to as White-tailed Sea-eagle.

White-tailed Eagle Eating Carrion

It's a massive raptor with rather long, heavy bill, broad, plank-like wings, and relatively short, graduated tail. It's plumage is dark overall. The adult has paler brown head and body, white tail, yellowish bill.

White-tailed Eagle in Flight with Wings Closed

The White-tailed Eagle is a very large bird and is one of the largest living birds of prey. It isconsidered the fourth largest and forth heaviest eagle in the world.

White-tailed Eagle Wingspan

Given reasonable view, adult White-tailed Eagles are difficult to mistake for any other bird. There are no other eagles with fully white tails in their range except for in the easternmost limits of their range.

White-tailed Eagle on Rock with Carrion

The White-tailed Eagle was considered endangered or extinct in several countries. However, some populations have recovered well due to some governmental protections

White-tailed Eagle on Rock

It's main dish is various large fish but it also prefers to feed on easy to catch preys like birds and small mammals. It is known that the White-tailed Eagle preys on around 70 species of fish, and about 170 species of birds.

White-tailed Eagle Behind Rock

I believe, with all the information given above, you'll be able to identify this enormous bird easily whenever you meet it out in the nature.


Hope to see you in another article soon.

References:

Wikipedia

Ebird

Trakus

Photo credits: Caglar Gungor.
Video credits: Caglar Gungor.

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October 01, 2020

Williamwise1

Beautiful Raptor!!! 

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