African fish eagle

species of bird

The African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) or the African sea eagle is a large species of eagle.[2]

African fish eagle
African fish eagle just caught fish.jpg
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Haliaeetus vocifer

It is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa where there are large bodies of open water with plenty of fish. It is the national bird of Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Sudan. As a result of its large range, it is known in many languages.[3]

This species looks a bit like the bald eagle. They are related, but live on different continents. The bald eagle lives in North America.


  1. IUCN Red List 2013.
  2. Etymology: Haliaeetus, Modern Latin for "sea eagle". vocifer, from Latin vox, "voice" + -fer, one who bears something, in allusion to the conspicuous yelping calls. These are, when sitting, given with the head fully thrown to the back, a peculiarity found among sea eagles only in this and the Madagascar species.
  3. "African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) - Online Birds Guide with Facts, Articles, Videos, and Photos". Retrieved 2012-12-12.