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White-tailed Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla

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Rare to locally uncommon, mainly along seacoasts and larger rivers (feeds mainly on fish). Massive raptor with rather long, heavy bill; broad, plank-like wings; and relatively short, graduated tail. Looks like a flying barn door and soars with wings rather level (not slightly raised like Golden Eagle). Plumage dark overall. Adult has paler brown head and body, white tail, yellowish bill. Immature starts with mostly brown tail streaked white, blackish bill; attains fully white tail in about 4 years.

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