African Fish Eagle: REVIEW

Regarding one of my most highly viewed posts, here, and the questions raised over the topic, I myself have also asked  questions concerning the two species of eagles found in totally two different continents. For today, I will highlight what I have learnt and seen, the African Fish Eagle, as I get to see this species more often.
The African Fish eagle, Haliaeetus vocifer, is a large white-tailed waterside eagle.

The adult has its entire head, back, breasts and tail white contrasting with black wings and chestnut belly; large bill which is black with yellow low base; cere (the soft basal covering on the maxilla in hawks, eagles, owls and parrots), facial hair and feet are also yellow; its eyes are brown.

In flight, its head projects well forward and its tail appears very short. The linings of broad wings are chestnut while the underside of flight feathers is black.


The juveniles are unkempt looking, streaky brown with whitish breast patch; tail is whitish with broad dark tip; dark wings show white patch on primaries beneath. Its cere and tarsi are grey.


Immature African fish eagles are largely white below and on tail, with black superciliary region, wings and belly.

The African Fish Eagle’s call is a loud ringing or yelping wee-ah, kyo-kyo-kyo-kyo, somewhat gull-like, uttered with head thrown back, often in duet.

The African fish eagle is my number one eagle because of its call which is loud and distinctive always reminding you that are near a water body no matter how big or small it may be. In Kenya during the 20th century, the eagle mostly dwelled in large water bodies and never in towns. But recently, the eagle has been seen in the town areas of Nairobi and neighbouring environs mainly because of the presence of water bodies such as dams resulting to the presence of food and also forest covers within the city.

As I have not yet seen the bald eagle which appears to a bit similar to the African fish eagle, this can provide a difference with the eagles on this side of the continent.

For more information on the African Fish Eagle, this site will proof useful.

Information sourced from Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania Field Guide book.

All Images are from Google

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