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  • Wedge-tailed Eagle

  • Aquila audax
  • The Wedge-tailed Eagle has long wings (wingspan 2.3 m), a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes. The bill is pale pink to cream, the eye brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white. Young Wedge-tailed Eagles are mid brown in colour with reddish-brown heads and wings. They become progressively blacker for at least the first ten years of their lives; adults are mostly dark blackish-brown. The only difference in plumage between the sexes is that a female adult is generally slightly paler than her mate. Females (4.2 kg – 5.3 kg) are also larger and heavier than males (3.2 kg up to 4.0 kg). Wedge-tailed Eagles are Australia’s largest raptors (birds of prey).

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=126
  • Song link
  • http://www.anwc.csiro.au/ANWCbirds/birdpages/sounds/wedgie.mp3
  • « Back to Catalog
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle

  • The Wedge-tailed Eagle has long wings (wingspan 2.3 m), a characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail, and legs that are feathered all the way to the base of the toes. The bill is pale pink to cream, the eye brown to dark brown, and the feet off-white. Young Wedge-tailed Eagles are mid brown in colour with reddish-brown heads and wings. They become progressively blacker for at least the first ten years of their lives; adults are mostly dark blackish-brown. The only difference in plumage between the sexes is that a female adult is generally slightly paler than her mate. Females (4.2 kg – 5.3 kg) are also larger and heavier than males (3.2 kg up to 4.0 kg). Wedge-tailed Eagles are Australia’s largest raptors (birds of prey).

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Scientific name
  • Aquila audax
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 224
  • Size
  • 85-105cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • Song link
  • http://www.anwc.csiro.au/ANWCbirds/birdpages/sounds/wedgie.mp3
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=126
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/wedge-tailed-eagle