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Never far from water, the Steller’s sea eagle displays impressive fishing skills. Taking advantage of warm updrafts of air, the eagle glides above the water, looking out for fish. Its favorite prey, the salmon, has an extremely tough skin for which the eagle is equipped with a specialized hatchet-like beak.

profile of steller sea eagle face

Did You Know?

The Steller's sea eagle is one of the largest eagles in the world.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Haliaeetus pelagicus

Russia, Japan, China, and Korea

Coastal cliffs and forests near rivers and lakes

Up to 8 ft (wingspan)

Up to 3 ft

Zoo Location:
Eagle Free Flight Aviary

Primarily salmon; some carrion and other small animals

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)