Icthyophaga ichthyaetus   (Horsfield,  1821) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Size: 69-74 cm

Adult: Distinguished from the above by two-tone tail (i.e. tail white with black terminal band). Head, neck and throat grey; upper parts dark brown, breast rufous brown. Juvenile: Dark brown above with bloldly streaked head and underparts and pale supercilium.

Voice: Unmusical, uncanny

Habits: Sluggish and usually perches on tree above water.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Grey headed Fish Eagle (English)
• Greater Grey-headed Fish-Eagle (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Mainly fish , also young birds and small mammals.
IUCN Status:  Near Threatened


• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, SR and Nandi, NC (2004) Oxbow lake environment and management of Ichhamati river basin, West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 81-90 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Avibase- the world database Available at - http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Birding in India and South Asia Available at - http://www.birding.in/

Page last updated on:2013-04-10

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