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 blackish-brown, with paler brown on the wings, nape and undertail coverts. In flight the wings are held upswept and the characteristic wedge-shaped tail is clearly visible. Pair-bonds are permanent and territories are held year-round. It is normally silent, except for occasional whistles and screeches. Found in most Australian environments except dense forests, it spends most of the day soaring on thermal currents in search of prey or carrion.
Scientific name: Aquila audax