African Fish Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer
The African Fish Eagle, whose Latin name vocifero means “to cry out aloud”, is an extremely vocal bird which lives from the Sahel down to South Africa. It sings continuously to mark its territory and has in fact been called “the voice of Africa”. This species lives in pairs and the bond between mates is very strong.
First chick hatched at Le Rocher des Aigles : 29 April, 1991
CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Falconiformes
FAMILY : Accipitridae
WINGSPAN : 1.9 m
WEIGHT : Male 2 – 2.5 kg / Female: 3.2 – 3.6 kg
CLUTCH SIZE : 2 eggs
INCUBATION : 42-45 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 30 years
DIET : primarily fish, but also waterfowl, small mamals and reptiles.
NATURAL HABITAT : lives near large lakes, rivers and marshes. It is also found near coastal lagoons and in estuaries.
RANGE : Africa
Conservation status info
LC : Least Concern