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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Haliaetus
Genus species:Haliaetus vocifer

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:74-84 cm
Identification:The African fish eagle has a white head, chest, tail, and back. Its feathers and scapulars are black. The abdomen and wing coverts are chestnut.
Habitat:Lakes, rivers, coastal lagoons, mangrove swamps
Diet:Carnivore: fish, water birds, small mammals
Reproduction:Breeding takes place during the cooler months of the year. Nests are constructed in tall trees.
African fish eagles are most commonly seen in pairs.
Behavior:As they hunt fish, these birds will sometimes submerge themselves to catch their prey. They will also rob other birds.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The vocalization of the African fish eagle is so well-known and clear, it is sometimes referred to as the 'voice of Africa'.

Other Information

Geographic:Sub-Saharan Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:raptor
African fish eagle
hawk-like bird
Haliaeetus
Accipitridae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals