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 October 2018)
  • 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 楔尾雕
Czech orel klínoocasý
Danish Kilehaleørn
Dutch Wigstaartarend
Finnish kiilapyrstökotka
French Aigle d'Australie
German Keilschwanzadler
Italian Aquila codacuneata
Japanese オナガイヌワシ [onagainuwashi]
Norwegian Kilehaleørn
Polish orzel australijski
Portuguese Águia-audaz
Russian Клинохвостый орёл
Spanish Águila Audaz
Swedish kilstjärtsörn
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