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White-tailed eagle
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At Raftsund, Lofoten/Norway.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
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Range of H. albicilla.      Nesting range     Wintering range     Year-round range

Falco albicilla Linnaeus, 1758
Falco melanaetos Linnaeus, 1766
Falco ossifragus Linnaeus, 1766
Haliaeetus albicilla albicilla
Haliaeetus albicilla groenlandicus

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.
Haliaeetus albicilla MHNT.ZOO.2010.11.96.1
Haliaeetus albicilla.
Haliaeetus albicilla groenlandicus MHNT.ZOO.2010.11.96.3
Haliaeetus albicilla groenlandicus.

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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