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.
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.
Our special 10th anniversary 2016 Birdorable Bonanza continues today with the third bird in the series: the Steller's Sea Eagle, a very large raptor that lives in coastal habitats in northeast Asia. ... more