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  Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)





Wedge-tailed Eagle | Aquila audax photo
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), Captain's Flat, New South Wales, Australia

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Wedge-tailed Eagle | Aquila audax photo
Wedge-tailed Eagle at Symbio Wildlife Park, New South Wales, Australia.

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WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE FACTS

Description
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is a large brown eagle with long-feathered legs and a diamond or wedge shaped tail. The tail shape is prominent when seen soaring. It flies with slow powerful wing beats, and soars and circles at great heights.

Size
about 1m long with wingspan of up to 2.5m

Habitat
found in wide range of territory from mountain forests to open plains.

Food
rabbits, rodents, small marsupials, birds

Breeding
The nest is a large structure of dead sticks, usually reused for years and can reach 1.8m across. Nests have a shallow cup on the top, lined with fresh twigs and leaves. Lays two white eggs with reddish brown spots and blotches

Range
throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Aquila
Species:audax
Common Name:Wedge-tailed Eagle