Alice Springs Fauna •
One of the impressive birds you can see soaring in the air as you look up to our brilliant blue sky is the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax). They can also often be seen on and along the highways, usually feeding on road kill.
Drivers are asked to take care when they see the Wedge-tailed Eagle feeding on the road or at the side of the road, as eagles have become the victims of highway traffic, with large numbers being killed as they feed on dead animals by the road. Please note, that they are slow to take to the air, especially after feeding. Where possible and safely, move any dead carrion at least several metres off the road.
The largest Australian bird of prey is our Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax). With a wing span reaching more than two metres, and a body measuring up to one metre from head to tail-tip, it has a hooked bill and large talons that can weigh about 4 kg.
The females are larger than males. The young birds have brown feathers that become progressively darker as the bird ages, with the mature adults being dark brown to black, with white and bronze feathers on their necks and wings. The legs are feathered to the base of the toe.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Accipitriformes
- Family: Accipitridae
- Genus: Aquila
- Species: Aquila audax
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