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

Brahminy Kite

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

Wedge-tailed Eagle

With a wingspan that exceeds 2 metres, the beautiful Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax is the largest of Australia’s raptors. The plumage is chiefly b...
Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite

Although it feeds on live prey, the Whistling Kite resembles other kites in its scavenging behaviour and can often be seen feeding on animals killed...
White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

This unmistakeable large bird of prey is a common sight in coastal and near coastal areas of Australia, however they are rarer along the Victorian...