Wedge-tailed Eagle

A Wedge-tailed Eagle perched at the top of a low dead tree in the outback of the Northern Territory
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Scientific Name: Aquila audax

Size: 1 to 1.2 m

What does it look like?

The plumage is chiefly blackish-brown, with paler brown on the wings, nape and undertail coverts. In flight the wings are held upswept and the characteristic wedge-shaped tail is clearly visible.

Where is it found?

The Wedge-tailed Eagle occurs throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea.

What are its habitats & habits?

Pair-bonds between are permanent and territories are held year-round. The Wedge-tailed Eagle is normally silent, except for occasional whistles and screeches. Found in most Australian environments except dense forests, it spends most of the day soaring on thermal currents in search of prey or carrion.

Interesting facts

With a wingspan that exceeds 2 metres, the beautiful Wedge-tailed Eagle is the largest of Australia’s raptors.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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