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
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Lake Mburo, Uganda
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaeetus
H. vocifer
Binomial name
Haliaeetus vocifer
(Daudin, 1800)

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.

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. BirdLife International (2013). "Haliaeetus vocifer". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013. Retrieved 26 November 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.