Species Details

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Grey‑headed Fish Eagle Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
Family : Accipitridae
Order : Accipitriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : Grey-headed Fish Eagle is a brown raptor with a grey head and a striking white lower abdomen.From above it looks grey-brown and from below rufous-brown except for the white belly.Its bill is horny-brown,irises are golden-yellow, legs and feet are yellowish-grey.The male and the female looks alike.The juvenile is paler than the adults. It is a sedentary bird that can be found either alone or in pairs. It does not migrate. Juveniles disperse from their breeding areas, likely in search of mates or alternative food sources. The grey-headed fish eagle is known to spend a significant amount of time perching upright on bare branches near bodies of water, occasionally descending to catch fish. Its flight appears heavy, characterized by strong wing-beats with flattened wings. It does not engage in extensive soaring, potentially due to its habitat, and no other aerial displays have been observed. The breeding season for the grey-headed fish eagle typically occurs between November and May across most of its mainland range, although the timing may vary from December to March.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Hajbun Tasnim Preety,Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Okamoto Keita Sin(www.xeno-canto.org/Okamoto Keita Sin), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.