White-Bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster

Other Names: White-breasted Sea Eagle, "Manly Sea Eagle" (NRL)
Accipitridae (Osprey, Hawks, Eagles, 18 species in Australia)
Size: F 80-85 cm, M 75-77 cm, wingspan 190 cm approx
Distribution: Coasts all around Australia and inland in some places of Eastern Australia up to 1000 km
Status: Moderately Common
Habitat: Large rivers, fresh and saline lakes, reservoirs, coastal seas, islands.
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The White-Bellied Sea-Eagle is Australia's second largest bird of prey after the Wedge-Tailed Eagle. It is the mascot of the National Rugby League (NRL) team the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (3008 x 2000)

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1868 x 1782)

White-Bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

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Know Your Birds, by Louise Egerton - White-Bellied Sea-Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster NEW: Know Your Birds, by Louise Egerton.

Revised edition 3 July 2019. Paperback / softback, 176 pages. It has an orange cover. The original edition was 2005 and has a blue cover. Some of the book sellers listed here show the photo from the original/older blue cover edition, but the rest of the info (including the publication date and ISBN) are from the newer revised 2019 edition, so presumably that's the one you'll get.

This book has very high quality large photographs of the birds (as in actual photographs). Most of the photos take up a whole page for each bird photograph. "Know Your Birds" only has a selection of the most common birds, and not all the birds that are found in Australia. This makes it very good for beginners — since most of the field guides have all the birds — and it can be confusing looking at six almost identical species of birds, not knowing that five of them are rare and it's probably the common one that you're looking for. Which would be the only one listed in this book.

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