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About the Steller's Sea Eagle

Also known as: Pacific Eagle, White-shouldered Eagle, Kamchatkan Sea Eagle, Steller's Fish Eagle
The Steller's Sea Eagle is a very large bird of prey found in coastal parts of northeastern Asia. It is among the heaviest eagle species in the world, along with the Harpy Eagle and the Philippine Eagle. As is common with birds of prey, female Steller's Sea Eagles weigh more than males. A large female may be as heavy as almost 21 lbs!

As their maritime name implies, Steller's Sea Eagles live in coastal areas around the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea. They feed primarily on fish caught in shallow freshwater bodies. They will also prey upon seabirds like ducks and gulls.

These large eagles are apex predators. Once young eagles reach fledgling age, Steller's Sea Eagles have no known predators.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 27 November 2016
Scientific Name Haliaeetus pelagicus
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Haliaeetus
  • H. pelagicus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • 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 6 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
33 to 41 inches
77 to 98 inches
173 to 335 ounces
Range East Asia Asia


From IUCN Red List:
The Steller's Sea Eagle is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2013 by BirdLife International. This species has a small, regionally declining population as a result of habitat degradation, pollution, poisoning by lead shot, and over-fishing. It therefore qualifies as Vulnerable.

International Names

  • 虎头海雕 (Chinese)
  • orel východní (Czech)
  • Beringshavørn (Danish)
  • Stellers Zeearend (Dutch)
  • kuningasmerikotka (Finnish)
  • Pygargue empereur (French)
  • Riesenseeadler (German)
  • Aquila pescatrice di Steller (Italian)
  • オオワシ [oowashi] (Japanese)
  • 참수리 (Korean)
  • Kjempehavørn (Norwegian)
  • bielik olbrzymi (Polish)
  • Águia-marinha-gigante (Portuguese)
  • Белоплечий орлан (Russian)
  • Pigargo Gigante (Spanish)
  • jättehavsörn (Swedish)

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