OTHER NAMES: White-Bellied Fish Eagle, White-breasted Fish Eagle
Latin Etymology: Haliaeetus ("Sea Eagle") leucogaster ("white abdomen")
Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) at Malacca, Malaysia - July 2016
Local Name (Malay): Helang Siput ("Snail Eagle")
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
The White-Bellied Sea Eagle was actually one of the very first bird species I encountered on the Malaysia/Singapore trip - on the night we arrived I spent about 30 minutes standing in the driveway just to see what would turn up, and a pair of these huge birds circled high overhead. This is perhaps indicative of something I haven't really encountered in other eagles - the are far happier to live near humans than all the other species. Unlike the other species I have encountered, I found them right in the middle of Cities - either flying over Central Singapore or a family perched right in the middle of central Malacca. The bird pictured is a juvenile, and so lacks the distinctive mostly white plumage of the adults, which I did see (indeed, on the same perch) but more more distantly at the time.
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A locally common resident on the coast.
- MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: At least three seen in Central MalaccaSINGAPORE - A fairly common resident.
- MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Two birds seen circling high above Lower Peirce Reservoir.
Further Notes: Arkive, BirdForum Opus, BirdGuides, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto