White-tailed Eagle

Polish eagle

The white-tailed eagle is a huge bird with a wingspan of up to 245 cm (over 8 feet) wide. It has brown body plumage with a pale head and neck which can be almost white in older birds, and the tail feathers of adults are white.

White-tailed eagles normally breed at around six years of age. Over the winter they are involved in courtship and nest building, and their eggs are laid in March. Normally 1 or 2 eggs are laid, which are incubated for about 40 days. Young birds remain in the nest for approximately 12 weeks before they fledge. Fish, smaller birds and ducks are staple food items in a white-tailed eagles’ diet. White-tailed eagles can live for more than 20 years.

The White Eagle is the national coat of arms of Poland. A stylized white-tailed eagle with a golden beak and talons.

Related content on Polish Poland: Bird-watching in Poland.

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