Pallas's Fish Eagle


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Pallas's Fish Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucoryphus)

The Pallas’s Fish Eagle is another brilliant example of how important international partnerships are towards maintaining biodiversity. Sometimes referred to as a sea or fish eagle, this powerful predator, perhaps unexpectedly, inhabits inland wetlands across a vast range that includes the lakes, marshes, and rivers of Afghanistan. Though willing to scavenge, Pallas’s Fish Eagles primarily feed on fish. They will also prey on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and are capable of flying with prey weighing almost twice their body weight. They can live up to thirty years in the wild, but adult numbers are decreasing. According to the IUCN Red List, these eagles may already be effectually extinct in Pakistan and parts of India.


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IUCN Red List: Pallas's Fish-Eagle