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African Fish-Eagle

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About the African Fish-Eagle

Also known as: African Sea-Eagle, River Eagle

The African Fish-Eagle is a large type of eagle that lives in parts of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. They can usually be found near large bodies of water. Despite this and their name, they do not eat exclusively fish.

African Fish-Eagles have white heads and white tails. The body plumage is dark with beautiful chestnut feathers on the upper coverts (of the wing), the belly, and the legs.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 July 2013
Scientific Name Haliaeetus vocifer
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Haliaeetus
  • H. vocifer
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
25 to 30 inches
72 to 96 inches
70 to 127 ounces


The wild population of African Fish-Eagles is stable; the conservation status is considered to be Least Concern as of June 2013.

International Names

  • 非洲海雕 (Chinese)
  • orel jasnohlasý (Czech)
  • Afrikansk Flodørn (Danish)
  • Afrikaanse Zeearend (Dutch)
  • kiljumerikotka (Finnish)
  • Pygargue vocifer (French)
  • Schreiseeadler (German)
  • Aquila pescatrice africana (Italian)
  • サンショクウミワシ [sanshokuumiwashi] (Japanese)
  • Flodørn (Norwegian)
  • bielik afrykanski (Polish)
  • Орлан-крикун (Russian)
  • Pigargo Vocinglero (Spanish)
  • Skrikhavsörn (Swedish)

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