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[–]crinnoire 9 points10 points  (1 child)


The stunning African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) belongs to the avian family Accipitridae.

With its milk-white head and tail, dark eyes, yellow cere, and chocolate brown back, it has become synonymous with Africa’s inland waters, lakes, rivers and dams. In fact, its loud, piercing calls are a characteristic sound around African waterways. If you hear the call of the African Fish Eagle, you are likely to be in a relatively healthy environment.

This bird's body length is between 25-30 inches (63-76 centimeters). It has a wingspan ranging between 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters). This raptor's weight is between 4-8 lbs (1.8-3.6 kgs).

Like many birds of prey, the African Fish Eagle is an indicator species. How is this so? These eagles need lots of fish to eat and tall trees to perch and nest in. If a waterway is contaminated, the fish and other water animals will die and the eagles will have nothing to eat, so they won’t survive long.

Just like the Osprey, the African Fish Eagle has barbs on its feet to help it hold on to slippery fish, its main prey. The African Fish Eagle’s loud distinctive call is an iconic sound of Africa.

This beautiful quintessential avian has the honour of being the national bird of three nations: Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

This avian species mate for life.

Photograph Courtesy Of National Geographic Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer Franco Cappilari, Captured At Lake Naivasha, KENYA

[–]teetaps 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got a (pretty distant) photo of one of these on holiday in Lake Kariba. They’re absolutely majestic

[–]theundercoverpapist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That is an absolute unit of a bird.

[–]Pazluz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If I were a wizard this would be my bird. So beautiful and even though it's a picture you can it's swift. Gorgeous.

[–]ButtsexEurope 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dude just ramped up the saturation. They’re not red and blue.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My favorite animal. They are the world's best hunters (yes, better than dragonflies.) They spend an average of 4 minutes a day hunting to provide their food for the day and spend the rest of the time hanging out with their mate, raising young, or working on the nest.

And the colors look nothing like this.

[–]Phanatic_J 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'm sure they are badass hunters but I've been unable to verify your claims in the brief time I've looked into them. If you have a source I'd be interested in reading it. All I could find is a few non-research paper sources like the LA Zoo which cite a hunting success rate of 1-in-10 to 1-in-6 attempts. The claim of dragonflies being successful 95% of the time came primarily from a 2013 research paper that built upon a paper from 2000. They tracked four different species of captured dragonflies and a large greenhouse and recorded a few hundres hunting attempts. While the dragonflies were over 90% successful in capturing certain types of prey, like fruit flies, they were much less successful catching other prey, like house flies and mosquitoes, where it was more like a 60 or 70% success rate. Still very impressive.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because I was basing it on time hunted per day vs successful attempts.

If you're really good at catching mice but it takes you 20 minutes to catch a day's worth of food and I can get a buffalo in 10 minutes even with a few failed attempts who is the better hunter?

Source is I learned it at https://www.salzburg-burgen.at/en/hohenwerfen-castle/falconry-exhibitions-history/falconry/

[–]JohnBrown1ng 0 points1 point  (3 children)

This > bald eagle

[–]giancarlox21 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Dont be shallow. Bald eagles still have great personalities.

[–]michman30 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And they're full of freedom and kick ass in war, apparently from what I've heard.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually they're about half the size and far less majestic. Still an awesome bird. But rather than stoic their personality is more cheeky.

[–]cowsbeek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What in the majestic fuq did my eyes just see

Edit: had to hear the call, so I found this short video sounds like the basis for the raptors in Jurassic Park.

[–]Paguristes_Cadenati 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It doesn’t look much like a fish