Hawks & Eagles

[Family: Accipitridae]

Twenty-two species, including six endemics and three vagrants, falling into several groups including eagles, sea-eagles, goshawks, harriers and kites. The Osprey Pandion haliaetus is included here, but is separated by some taxonomists into its own family Pandionidae. All are carnivorous, with a hook-shaped bill and sharp claws, the larger species have broad wings for soaring flight.

Black Kite

Black Kite

What does it look and sound like?  This medium-sized dark brown bird of prey is a common sight around bush fires, where it seizes the unfortunate insects ...
Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

What does it look and sound like?  This beautiful chestnut and white raptor is unmistakable. It is easily recognized by its head, neck and breast and ...
Wedge-tailed Eagle

Wedge-tailed Eagle

What does it look like?  With a wingspan that exceeds 2 metres, the beautiful Wedge-tailed Eagle  is the largest of Australia’s raptors. The plumage is ...
Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite

What does it look and sound like?  Chiefly brown, paler and more streaked on the head, neck and underparts. In flight, the margins of the wings are darker, ...
White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

What does it look and sound like?  A large bird of prey. Adults have white on the head, rump and underparts and dark grey on the back and wings. In flight ...