White-tailed Sea Eagle | Welsh Mountain Zoo

White-tailed Sea Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The largest bird of prey in the UK, the White-tailed Sea Eagle is almost all brown in appearance with broad strong wings. Sadly, the species became extinct in the UK in the early 20th century, however, the current population is re-establishing following a successful reintroduction programme.

Native Range →

Southwest Greenland, Scandinavia, and across Russia and northern Asia. Introduced to UK

Natural Habitat  →

Open expanses of lake, coast or river valley

Diet  →

Fish, birds and mammals

Life Expectancy  →

20-25 years in the wild. Up to 42 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1-4 eggs from a 34-46 day incubation

Group Name  →

Convocation, congregation or aerie

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Habitat loss, poisoning, wind turbine collisions, persecution

Fun fact

The White-tailed Sea Eagles are Britain’s largest bird of prey.

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