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Steller's Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus pelagicus

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An immense eagle with large head and massive orange bill to match. Adult is striking, even from a great distance: rich brown overall, with snow-white tail, belly, and shoulder patches. Juvenile and immatures darker but usually acquire mostly white, wedge-shaped tail in second year. Younger birds can be confused with young White-tailed Eagle, but Steller’s distinguished by larger bill, wedge-shaped tail, and unique wing shape, narrow at the tip, bulging in the middle, then narrowing near the body. Plucks fish from icy seas and follows fishing boats for scraps. Often associates with White-tailed Eagles where prey is abundant.

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