Sanford's Sea Eagle

Haliaeetus sanfordi

Sanford's sea eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi), also known as Sanford's fish eagle or the Solomon eagle, is a sea eagle endemic to the Solomon Islands archipelago. It can reach a length of 70–90 cm and a weight between 1.1 and 2.7 kg. Its wingspan is 165–185 cm. It is the only large predator on the Solomon Islands. The eagles inhabit coastal forests and lakes up to an altitude of about 1500 m above sea level. Their plumage is whitish brown to bright brown on the head and the neck. The underparts are brown to reddish brown and dark brown. The upperparts are darkish brown to gray-black. The eyes are bright brown. Uniquely among sea eagles, this species has an entirely dark tail throughout its life.
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Sunday 30 Jul 2023 - 7:00pm
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