Steller's Sea Eagle

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Steller's Sea Eagle
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Accipitriformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Haliaeetus
Species:H. pelagicus
Binomial name
Haliaeetus pelagicus
(Pallas, 1811)

The Steller's Sea Eagle, (Haliaeetus pelagicus) is a large bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, buzzards and harriers.

This bird breeds on the Kamchatka peninsula, the coastal area around the Sea of Okhotsk, the lower reaches of the Amur river and on northern Sakhalin and Shantar, Russia. The majority of birds winter further south, in the southern Kuril islands and Hokkaido, Japan.

This species is classified as Vulnerable. The main threats to its survival are habitat alteration, industrial pollution and over-fishing. The current population is estimated at 5,000 and decreasing.

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