African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) | National Bird Week

National Bird Week, 7-11 May 2012

Bird of the Year 2012:
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
This year celebrates the most familiar and best-loved bird of prey in Africa, the African Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer. The scientific name is derived from the ancient Greek words halieos and aetos meaning ‘fisherman’ and ‘eagle’. Vocifer refers to its loud, vociferous call, considered by many to be the sound of Africa. It is one of Africa’s most widespread eagles, being found almost everywhere south of the Sahara, except in waterless areas.


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