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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Elegant Gray Headed Fish Eagles



The Gray Headed Fish Eagles (phaga ichitayaetus) are dignified looking eagles that live along sea shores and aquatic areas. These eagles weigh as much 1,600 grams to 2,000. They have heights of 65 centimeters. These birds of prey have been seen in lakes, water and slow moving waters that go through forests. They are often sighted in coastal areas, perched up on mangrove trees.These birds of prey can be spotted in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malay Peninsula and the Philippines. These eagles are nonmigratory.

Both Male and females look very similar. Their wings are grayish brown and so are their upper parts. They have white tails that are long with black bands forming at the end parts. The underparts of their brownish grey breast and bellies are a bit faint. They have under tail feathers that possess black terminal bands that are dark grayish brown. They have rather small heads that are colored grey. Their hook bills have darkish grey colors at the end parts. The Gray Headed Fish Eagles have pale yellow eyes. Their feet are colored greyish brown and their claws are colored black.These birds stay close to streams of water.

These birds of prey are fish eaters and they are adept at catching their prey with their claws. They stay on top of a perch while looking for prey. Once spotted, they will dive downwards on a short flight, their legs and claws aimed straight forward as they swoop down on their meal for the day. If the fish is quite large, the eagle will drag it to the shore They will never let their feet or body go down into the water. They also feed on dead fish, small birds and mammals.

Breeding season varies according to where they live. They will build their nests in forest that are near a body of water such as coast lands, swamps, lakes and streams. They will use the same nests that they have built over the years. Their nests can be built as high as 30 meters or higher. Their nests are made of sticks and leaves. The female eagle can lay as much as one to three eggs and the incubation period will last for one month. They will be fed by both male and female partners. Their feathers will start growing after 10 weeks.



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