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About the Wedge-tailed Eagle

Also known as: Eaglehawk
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is a very large type of raptor found in Australia and New Guinea. The species is the largest bird of prey found in Australia. It is also known as the Eaglehawk.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is named for its uniquely-shaped wedge tail. It can be recognized by this feature, its very large size, and by its fully-feathered legs.

Wedge-tailed Eagles are opportunistic predators, with a wide variety of prey items. They have been known to hunt rabbits and other introduced species of mammal, as well as wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, bandicoots, and more. Wedge-tailed Eagles will also readily feed on carrion when it is available.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 December 2015
Scientific Name Aquila audax
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Aquila
  • A. audax
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 August 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
32 to 42 inches
72 to 91 inches
70 to 204 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 楔尾雕 (Chinese)
  • orel klínoocasý (Czech)
  • Kilehaleørn (Danish)
  • Wigstaartarend (Dutch)
  • kiilapyrstökotka (Finnish)
  • Aigle d'Australie (French)
  • Keilschwanzadler (German)
  • Aquila codacuneata (Italian)
  • オナガイヌワシ [onagainuwashi] (Japanese)
  • Kilehaleørn (Norwegian)
  • orzel australijski (Polish)
  • Águia-audaz (Portuguese)
  • Клинохвостый орёл (Russian)
  • Águila Audaz (Spanish)
  • kilstjärtsörn (Swedish)

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