Stellar's Sea Eagle

[Haliaeetus pelagicus]

The Stellar's Sea Eagle is the largest eagle in the world. It's immense adult size is detailed with black plumage, white shoulders and wedge-shaped tail. Orange/yellow, very deep and arched bill that is its distinguishing feature. Immature eagles are not as brightly colored. An adult can have up to 8 foot wing span and weigh 20 pounds.

Location: Outdoor Flight Cages

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Range

The Stellar's sea eagles range is the coastal regions of northwestern China and Siberia, along Kamchalia peninsula and the Japanese islands.


Habitat

The habitat of Stellar's Sea Eagle is along coastal and forested river valleys where fish are plentiful.


Gestation

Roughly a 40 day egg incubation period and then 70 days to chick fledgling.


Litter

Clutch size: 1 to 3 eggs


Behavior

The Stellar's sea eagle's feeding behavior is to perch 5 to 30 meters above the water and then swoop down in a dive. They can also circle 6 to 7 meters above the water and dive. They can also stand in the water, on the bank or an ice floe to catch prey as well.


Reproduction

Sexual maturity of Stellar's sea eagles is at about 4 to 5 years. The laying of their eggs occurs generally in the second half of April and early May, depending largely on climatic conditions. Courtship usually happens between February and March.


Wild Diet

Principally fish, but will take ducks and some small mammals.


Zoo Diet

Fish, Rabbit, Horse Meat



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