Monday, 18 March 2013

African Fish Eagle - National Bird of Namibia, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe

One of the most well-known birds of prey in Africa, the African Fish Eagle has a distinctive call that some describe as the "Sound of Africa". As its name suggests the African Fish Eagle mainly lives on fish which it snatches from the water with its large talons. However it is also known to prey on birds, up to the size of a young flamingo.

Interesting & Amazing Fact about African Fish Eagle:
  1. The African Fish Eagle is a fairly large eagle. It has a distinctive black, brown, and white plumage.
  2. Ringing call of the African fish-eagle, weee-ah hyo-hyo-hyo, made with the head thrown back, has to be the most characteristic and evocative sound of African watersides.
  3. Call of this bird is also known as “Voice of Africa”.
  4. They also known as African fish eagle, fish eagle, river eagle.
  5. Latin name of this bird is Haliaeetus vocifer.
  6. French Name of this bird is Aigle pĂȘcheur.
  7. The African fish-eagle is a proficient hunter, with live fish accounting for the bulk of its diet. It typically hunts from a high perch on a waterside tree, where it can watch for fish moving close to the water’s surface.
  8. Adult African fish-eagles are normally seen in pairs, but on large, productive lakes, nests and roosts may be only a few hundred metres apart.
  9. The female normally lays one to three eggs in the nest, which are incubated for around 44 days before hatching.
  10. The African fish-eagle occurs throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa.
  11. African Fish Eagle is the national bird of Namibia, South Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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