The sea eagle has a dark body and strongly arched yellow bill. Despite these protections, human behavior continues to harm the remaining sea-eagle population. The San Diego Zoo received its first Steller’s sea-eagle in 1953 as a gift from a Japanese ornithologist. Aeries are massive, and they may sometimes contain 400 or more large branches. These birds are huge. [13], As in most Haliaeetus eagles, the tarsus and tail are relatively short compared with other very large eagles at 95–100 mm (3.7–3.9 in) and 320–390 mm (13–15 in) in length, respectively, the Philippine eagle surpassing it by up to 40 mm (1.6 in) and 110 mm (4.3 in) apparently. Great work here on a beautiful bird. [4] Steller's sea eagle is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List of Threatened species. Thanks for stopping by. [30], Fish make up about 80% of the diet of eagles nesting in the Amur River; elsewhere, other prey form almost an equal proportion of the diet. International Union for Conservation of Nature, "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species",, "New World vultures, Secretarybird, kites, hawks & eagles", "Steller's Sea Eagle – Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens". It is one of the largest eagle species in the world, weighing between 14 - 19 pounds. Jonah Thorn from In the Clouds on December 17, 2012: I completely agree, well written hub! You're very talented and your reasoning is impeccable, keep up the outstanding work and can't wait to read more from you! Is it weight, length, wingspan?
Like other eagles, Steller’s sea eagles will steal food from other birds. Eagles depart between late March and late April, adults typically leaving before immatures. I also would love to see them someday, what a thrill that would be. I really enjoyed learning about the Steller's Sea Eagle. thanks for the reply i really appreciate ur be honest with u of all the blogs i have read about eagles ur blog is the most accurate for me especially when in terms of facts im just confused only in one part of the facts about stellar that it is considered the largest and the most powerful of all eagle specie. Like many of our carnivores, the birds also have fast days where no food is offered so their body can have time to digest the previous meal.

The current population is estimated at 5,000 and decreasing. [38], This species is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. Some eagles, especially those that nest in sea coast, may not migrate. Generally, Steller’s Sea Eagles can be found in one of two habitats: near large rivers and along the sea coast. 3. Steller's have been found as far south as Taiwan and in North America, but they are considered to be individuals that have wandered from their normal range. Its forehead, shoulders, thighs and tail are white. [47], Kleptoparasitism is sometimes recorded within the species. They are diurnal and hunt during the day, either diving from a perch to snatch prey with their powerful talons, or else soaring to find their next meal.

This is one amazing creature. The sheer size of the Steller’s Sea Eagle is enough to make this raptor one of the most impressive birds in the world. By Paul Stevenson from Farsley, Leeds via Wikimedia Commons. The bird is also similar to our Philippine Eagle or the monkey-eating eagle. They are dark but dramatically colored with white tail, shoulders, rump, thighs and forehead.

At the San Diego Zoo, our Steller’s sea-eagles are fed rabbits, rats, and fish on rotating days.

[3][20] The Steller's sea eagle's absolute maximum wingspan is less certain; many sources place it at up to 2.45 m (8 ft 2 in). They're between six and eight feet wide and weigh hundreds of pounds.Habitat/range: Their primary habitat is the rocky seacoasts and rivers of far eastern Russia, along coasts and surrounding islands of the Sea of Okhotsk and Bering Sea.

[40] While pink and chum salmon average approximately 2,200 and 5,000 g (4.9 and 11.0 lb) in mature mass, respectively, Steller's sea eagle not infrequently preys on fish up to 6,000 to 7,000 g (13 to 15 lb). About 500 pairs live in the Khabarovsk region of the Okhostsk coast, and 100 on the Shantar Islands. In winter, they may also be found near coastal lagoons or in areas where fish are spawning. I would love to see one in the wild someday. [44] Often seals and sea lion of any size are eaten as carrion and, using the huge bill, may be dismembered where found rather than flown with. It's possible that sea eagles may not even breed until much later. Nests (or aeries) are built high in dead or open-topped trees near rivers or shorelines, or on rocky cliffs, up to 100 feet above ground. Very rare and only found in northeast Asia. thanks bill .....ur smart as well as ur so kind and respecfull..... happy holidays...... Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 19, 2013: Hi Tom, you are very lucky. niger. Open water provides these eagles with their main food sources along coastlines and lakes. [49][50][51] In other cases, though, the three eagle species have been observed to feed in close proximity and seem to be outwardly indifferent to each other's presence. In one case, two active nests were found to have been located within 100 m (330 ft). [12] However, once fully grown, the eagle has no natural predators. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International. These birds of prey hunt from a perch or from flight by diving and clutching prey in their talons. In Japanese, it is called ō-washi (large eagle or great eagle). Zoo New England gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors: © 2020 Commonwealth Zoological Corporation, Weight: Females, 13-20 pounds; males, 10-15 pounds. Eagle of the sea: Often called the world’s most magnificent bird of prey, the Steller’s sea-eagle is dark, impressive, the largest of all sea-eagles, and the heaviest known eagle. Just their sheer size and the remoteness of where they are located. The stellers are fish eagles feed mainly on fish and it is not the strongest and most powerful eagle in the world. Well-researched, excellently written, and generously complemented with great media. ive seen stellers twice in japan.

Like all raptors, they clamp onto prey with talons as sharp as switchblades and cannot let go until the prey is dead. Steller’s sea eagle has the second largest wingspan among all sea eagles. Eaglets are covered in white down, but as they mature, juvenile birds develop darker, more uniform brown-black plumage. For everybody's information the stellers eagle is not the largest and most powerful of all eagle specie in the world as what is stated in the facts above. [10] It is named after the German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller. Another 600 pairs occur in the lower Amur. [34] The bold, pied coloration of adults may play some part in social hierarchies with other eagles of their own species during the nonbreeding season, although this has not been extensively studied.

These are monogamous birds that form pair bonds after soaring courtship flights. [12] In Korean, the eagle is called chamsuri (true eagle). Hi Christy.
It is huge.

The video is awesome too.

When I started reading up on the Steller's Sea Eagle it was hard not to write about it. I always love your "Bird of Prey" hubs, they are my favorites! Steller's sea eagle is the largest bird in the genus Haliaeetus and is one of the largest raptors overall.

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