Native

Haliaeetus leucogaster

White-bellied Sea-eagle
LC
Least Concern
IUCN Red List
ver 3.1, 2016
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Taxonomy

The taxanomic status is pending for approval

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Description

Haliaeetus leucogaster is a relatively large and slender eagle. It’s commonly known as white-bellied sea-eagle with an impressive wingspan and normally seen perched high in a tree or soaring over waterways by gliding with its wings held in a stiff ‘V’ shape.

Male and female of White-bellied Sea eagles are similar in appearance, although females tend to be larger than males. This species has pure white head and underparts, pearl-grey to brownish-grey upperparts with contrasting blacking primaries and secondaries. The immature is mottled brown which is slightly differ from the adult (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993).

The White-bellied Sea-Eagle is a skilled hunter feeding mainly on aquatic animals, such as fish, turtles and sea snakes. Sometimes it whoops down to pull out a large fish from the water surface with its powerful tallons (Strange & Jeyarajasingam, 1993). This species also feeds on other birds and mammals as well as carrion (dead prey) such as sheep and fish along the waterline.

Habitats

No Description Suitability Seasonality
1
Marine Coastal/Supratidal → Sea Cliffs and Rocky Offshore Islands
Suitable Resident
2
Marine Intertidal → Rocky Shoreline
Suitable Resident
3
Marine Intertidal → Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, etc.
Suitable Resident
4
Marine Intertidal → Shingle and/or Pebble Shoreline and/or Beaches
Suitable Resident
5
Marine Neritic → Estuaries
Suitable Resident
6
Wetlands → Permanent Freshwater Lakes [over 8 ha]
Suitable Resident
7
Wetlands → Permanent Rivers, Streams, Creeks [includes waterfalls]
Suitable Resident
References : http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/classification-schemes/habitats-classification-scheme-ver3

Assessment

Location

by State Location
  • Johor 1
  • Kedah 3
  • Pahang 1
  • Penang 1
  • Perak 2
  • Sabah 1
  • Sarawak 1
  • WP Putrajaya 1
Based on publications, specimens, and images

Biodiversity Experts

Profile
Abdul Rahman (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Forest
  • Protected Areas
  • Wildlife Trade
  • PM
Azmi Mat Ali (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds (Taxonomy)
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife Trade
  • PM
Ismail Bin Hj. Mamat (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds
  • Biodiversity
  • Protected Areas
  • Invasive Alien Species
  • PM
Meor Amran Bin Meor Zulkifilee (Mr.)
Birdgroup Taman Negara (BGTN)
  • Birds
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Forest
  • Management
  • Tourism
  • PM
Mohd Abdul Muin Bin Md Akil (Mr.)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Snakes
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Molecular
  • Protected Areas
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Alien Species
Rahmah Binti Ilias (Mrs.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
  • Birds
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Protected Areas
  • Invasive Alien Species
  • PM
Rosli Hashim (Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Birds (Ecology)
  • Mammals (Ecology)
  • Spiders
  • Insects
  • Biodiversity
  • Protected Areas
  • PM
  • W
Rosli Ramli (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
University of Malaya (UM)
  • Mammals (Ecology)
  • Birds
  • Biodiversity
  • Digital Sequence Information (DSI)
  • Protected Areas
  • Marine & Coastal
  • PM
  • W
Syaizwan Zahmir Zulkifli (Dr.)
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • Birds (Ecology)
  • Fishes (Ecology)
  • Molluscs (Ecology)
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Marine & Coastal
  • Water
PM - Peninsular Malaysia; SBH - Sabah; SWK - Sarawak; SEA - Southeast Asia; W - World;

References

Article
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  3. Shahrul Anuar, M.S., Azman, N.M., Mohd Abdul Muin, M.A., Puan, C.L., Shafie, N.J., Omar, M.Y. & Azmi, N. (2017). Bird Survey of Gunung Basor Forest Reserve, Jeli, Kelantan, Peninsular Malaysia. : pp. 86-93
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Book
  1. A Checklist of the Birds of Malaysia Second Edition, 2015. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Nature Society - Bird Conservation Council, Malaysia. pp. 60.
  2. A Common Vision on Biodiversity in Government and the Development Process: Reference Document for Planners, Decision-Makers & Practitioners, 2008. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia. pp. 111.
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  5. Asyraf, M., Mohd Abdul Muin, M.A., Shahrul Anuar, M.S. & Rahmad, Z. (2015). Pictorial Guide To The Plant and Bird Life of Byram Mangrove Forest, Penang. Penerbit USM, Malaysia. pp. 190.
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  23. Geoforest Parks: Hanging Gardens of Langkawi, 2005. Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysia. pp. 117.
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Checklist
  1. Senarai Nama-nama Burung Semenanjung Malaysia dan Asia Tenggara (1981)

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Abdul Razak Mohd Nor Rasid, Mr. Ahmad Amir Firdaus Bin Mad Apandi, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Ms. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Intan Nazira Binti Abdul Sani, Ms. Norayuni Binti Ramlee, Ms. Nur Hazwanie Binti Abd Halim, Ms. Nur Razan Faiqah Binti Zahili, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Ms. Nurliyana Binti Abd Rahman, Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

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