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African Fish-Eagle

Afrikaans name: Visarend

African Fish-Eagle

Adult African Fish-Eagle

Photo © Steven Herbert

Haliaeetus vocifer

The African Fish-Eagle is a well-known bird and its distinctive call can be hear over both cities and wild areas.

They can be found in any area where there is a large stretch of water nearby.

Female African Fish-Eagles are larger than males and can reach a wingspan of over 2 metres and a weight of around 3.5 kg.

A pair will stick together for life and will often re-use the same nest. Each year they add to it with the result that the nests can be quite large. They lay between 1 and 3 eggs.

The African Fish-Eagle is well known for its method of hunting fish. It keeps watch from a tree and, when it sees a suitable fish, will swoop down and snatch it from the surface of the water.

Although fish are their main food item they will also catch birds and reptiles if they can.

Juvenile African Fish-Eagle

Above - Juvenile African Fish-Eagle

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 74

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 127

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 127

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Year Published: 1970 - Page: 72

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 94

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 32

An Introduction to the Birds of Prey of South Africa - Author: D.V. Prout-Jones - Year Published: 1974 - Page: 109

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 67

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 136

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 74

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 18

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 56

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 53

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 16

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 17

Eagle Days - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1973 - Page: 18

Eagles, Hawks & Falcons of the World - Author: Leslie Brown and Dean Amadon - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 282

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 91

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 52

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 72

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 168

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 168

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 370

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 7

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 409

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 58

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 101

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 107

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 133

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 128

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Year Published: 1998 - Page: 50

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 88

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 92

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 69

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 9

The Coastal Guide of South Africa - Author: Jacana Media - Year Published: 2007 - Page: 98

The Status & Conservation of Birds of Prey in the Transvaal - Author: W. Tarboton and D. Allan - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 62

Vanishing Eagles - Author: Philip Burton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 26

Wild Issue 20 - Author: - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 6

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 48

List of South African Birds

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