- Aquila audax
81–104 cm (32-50 in); Australia's largest eagle.
Long wings with long primaries can span from 2 to 2.5 metres. Males smaller than females.
Young birds are light brown becoming darker with age until almost all black for the most mature adults.
Immatures can be confused with immature White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster which has a much shorter wedge-shaped tail.
There are 2 subspecies :
- A. a. audax:
- A. a. fleayi:
Dry open plains to mountain forests. Nests in trees or sometimes on the ground on islands
Long 'wedge' or diamond-shaped tail and long wings and primaries are most obvious when soaring.
Preys on mammals, large birds and large reptiles (such as snakes and goannas). Can be encountered feeding on road-killed animals in country areas.
Resident and nomadic.
Call: a thin high-pitched whistle given in flight.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Wedge-tailed Eagle. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 1 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Wedge-tailed_Eagle
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