Black Eared Cuckoo
Tail, ventral
Ellura
Wedge Tailed Eagle
Flying
 
    
Wedge Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Birds of Prey (Falconiformes)
Family: Eagle & Hawk (Accipitridae)
Species: Wedge Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
This Photo:     Perched
Other name: Wedgie

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Large majestic brown and tan hunter.
Huge wing span and is easily identified by the diamond-shaped tail.
Hunts regularly through Ellura as it is so healthy.
We thought the pink gape indicated juveniles, but Nina Maurovic said "They have a pink gape their whole life. Young birds are much lighter in colour and have more mottled/banded coloration in their secondary wing feathers and tail feathers"

Copyright © 2009- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Jun-2009
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)