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White-tailed eagle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaeetus
Binomial name
Haliaeetus albicilla
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) — also called the sea eagle, erne, and white-tailed sea-eagle — is a large bird of prey.

It is in the family Accipitridae, which includes other raptors, such as hawks and kites. It is a close cousin of the bald eagle but it lives in Eurasia.


Haliaeetus albicilla (Svolvær, 2012)
Adult, wild eagle from Svolvær, Norway showing its long, broad, fingered wings, heavy beak and short wedge-shaped tail

The white-tailed eagle is a very large bird. It measures 66–94 cm (26–37 in) in length with a 1.78–2.45 m (5.8–8.0 ft) wingspan. The wingspan averages about 7 feet. This is the largest of any eagle.

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