Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Good Looking, yet Fierce Looking Australian Wedge - Tailed Eagles

The Australian Wedged Tailed Easles are the largest birds of prey in Australia. Their tails are shaped like diamonds. The edges of their tails have a wedge like tip that opens up to resemble fingered wing tips. These Eagles have dark colored feathers until they reach the age of 10, when their feathers change and become a dark blackish brown hue. Adult females can be distinguished from their male counterparts because they are a bit faint. They have a wingspan of six feet to seven feet, and five inches plus a length of three feet and six inches. The weight of the females are between 8.4 pounds to 12.7 pounds. The males weigh 4.4 to 8.8 pounds.

These eagles soar in the air effortlessly for at least one hour and 30 minutes. They can fly a distance of 5,000 feet. They have telescopic eyes that spot their prey easily. They use gliding attacks to get their prey -- rabbits, jack rabbits, foxes, feral cats, and even the remains of dead animals. These are excellent birds of prey.

The Australian Wedge eagle spend most of their time standing on tree branches. They patrol the boundaries of their area, which is about nine square meters to at least 100 square meters. They live in open woodlands where the trees are well spaced. The presence of these eagles cause fear among smaller birds. This is because they know that they can be targets of these birds of prey.

You can find these eagles in Australia and Tasmania. When breeding season comes, the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagles will start to trim the feathers of each other, making themseves look beautiful. They will stay close to each other during this time, performing acrobatic stunts in the air. The male will go down with great speed and will rise again before he reaches the wings of his partner. Or, he may fy upside down while stretching his claws. The female may not even mind him. They will build their nest at least 30 feet above the ground or on the edge of a cliff.

They will build strong nests with sticks and leaves that have lengths of two to five meters and two to five meters depth. The females will lay at least two eggs. Both partners will incubate the eggs and this can last for 45 days minimum. When the chicks hatch, the males will hunt for their food. When the chicks are 30 days old, the females and males will both hunt for food. The young ones will depend on their parents to supply them for six months from hatching. They will leave their parents only when the next season begins. These birds of prey have a life span of 20 years.

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