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White-tailed Eagle
Haliaeetus albicilla

Map of the common names

Corpulent and large eagle (L 90 cm), with long and large wings. Adults are easily identified by their short, white and cuneiform tail. Always associated with wetlands and coasts: large rivers, lakes, ect. The diet is mostly fish. Its nesting sites are diverse but tall trees are preferred, otherwise nesting is on cliff ledges or exceptionally the ground. Partial migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Although the European population has started to recover from a critical level, at the EU the breeding population is not over 600 pairs. The population has been reduced over centuries through shooting, poisoning and nest-robbing. Loss and degradation of wetlands and water pollution also continue.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
about 400 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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