The white bellied sea eagle is a bird, specifically an eagle. They’re very big and powerful, in fact they’re Australia’s second largest bird of prey. They can live for 30 years.
They’re white on the head and belly and half of the wings, and dark grey on their back and the other half of the wings. Young sea eagles are speckled brown.
In Australia, we can find them along the coastline, but they are also found inland around rivers and wetlands. White bellied Sea Eagles are not just found in Australia, they also live in New Guinea, Indonesia, and South east Asia.
Sea Eagles are carnivores, they eat mostly fish, turtles and sea snakes. They also eat birds, small mammals and reptiles, and sometimes dead animals next to the water.
During winter and autumn one or two eggs are laid in a nest in tall trees near water. Breeding lasts about 40 days; after that the young eagles stay in the nest for 95 days. If there are two eggs, the first baby often kills the other.
There are 3 main threats to these magnificent birds:1) Habitat destruction is the most importantthreat.2) Too much fishing by humans steals fishfrom the eagles.3) Loud noises, like road buildings, makethem nervous.
At this moment it isn’t on the red list, because there are a lot of different types of this eagle. But the habitat destruction, too much fishing and loud noises made by humans are causing problems for this beautiful animal.