Gray-headed Fish Eagle

Gray-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus) is a medium-sized eagle with broad, blunt wings and coarse, unfeathered legs. The head and neck are round gray-brown. The tail is white, with a broad subterminal dark brown band and a whitish tip. The eyes are yellow and feet are dirty yellowish white. The lower belly, thighs and tail are white. The size varies from 70 to 75 cm in length.

Diet mainly consists of fish, sometimes stranded or dead, taken from the surface or eaten on a sandbar or mudbank. It builds stick nest in trees near water. Female lays two to four pure white eggs.

The bird can be spotted in North Indian states, especially Haryana.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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