In an unusual sighting, the white-bellied sea eagle (Icthyophaga leucogaster), an enormous raptor common to coastal habitats, was spotted in Mukkombu, Tiruchirapalli.
About White-bellied sea eagle
- It is a diurnal monogamous bird of prey.
- Young Sea-Eagles are brown as juveniles than slowly become to resemble adults in a patchwork manner, acquiring the complete adult plumage by their fourth year.
- Distribution: They are found throughout southeast Asia. They range north to south from southern China to Australia and Tasmania, and west to east from India to New Guinea.
- They live primarily in terrestrial habitats near the ocean, especially coasts, islands, and estuaries, but also live in forested areas with access to smaller bodies of water, such as lakes, ponds, and rivers.
- Most white-bellied sea eagles live at elevations around 900 m, with the highest elevation recorded at 1,700 m.
- Diet: White-bellied Sea Eagles are primarily piscivorous, meaning they primarily feed on fish. They may also prey on water birds, small mammals, and carrion (dead animals).
- Conservation Status:
- IUCN: Least Concern
Q1) What is a Diurnal bird?
A diurnal bird is a bird species that is primarily active during the daytime, as opposed to nocturnal birds, which are active at night. Diurnal birds are adapted to forage, hunt, and carry out various activities during daylight hours.