For thousands of years, birds of prey have had a unique place in our culture. From the walls of ancient pyramids to medieval book margins and modern flags, they have symbolized bravery, aristocracy, wisdom and skill.
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The white tail eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla, a type of sea eagle) is an Asian/ European bird of prey from the family Accipitridae. The white tail eagle has a 5-8ft wingspan, the largest of all the eagles and can weigh anywhere between 3-7kg. Despite its wingspan, the white tail eagle is considered to be only the fourth largest eagle in the world. White tail eagles are mostly grey-brown with the exception of the white tail and yellow beak and feet. They have an average lifespan of 21 years though they have been know to live up to 25 and 26. The white tail eagle is of the order Falconiformes, meaning birds of prey. There are over 290 bird species within this order.
The sea eagle is a bird of prey of the Accipitridae family and, as the name suggests, is generally found in and around sea and coastal areas. There are eight different species of sea eagle, varying in size and weight, including the bald eagle and the white-tailed eagle. Even though the name ‘white-tailed eagle’ only refers to one species, several actually have white tails, which they gain when they reach adulthood. The wing span of a sea eagle is generally between two and two-and-a-half metres.