Wedge-tailed Eagle

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 December 2015
Scientific Name
Aquila audax
  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Aquila
  • A. audax
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 28 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
32 to 42 inches
72 to 91 inches
70 to 204 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 楔尾雕
Czech (Cesky) orel klínoocasý
Danish (Dansk) Kilehaleørn
Dutch (Nederlands) Wigstaartarend
Finnish (Suomi) kiilapyrstökotka
French (Français) Aigle d'Australie
German (Deutsch) Keilschwanzadler
Italian (Italiano) Aquila codacuneata
Japanese (日本語) オナガイヌワシ [onagainuwashi]
Norwegian (Norsk) Kilehaleørn
Polish (Polski) orzel australijski
Portuguese (Português) Águia-audaz
Russian (русский язык) Клинохвостый орёл
Spanish (Español) Águila Audaz
Swedish (Svenska) kilstjärtsörn
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