Wedge-tailed Eagle (species: Aquila (Aquila) audax) in Single NP (Gaia Guide)
Aquila (Aquila) audax
Wedge-tailed Eagle

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Accipitriformes
Family Accipitridae
Genus Aquila
Species Aquila (Aquila) audax
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Young eagles are a mid-brown colour with slightly lighter and reddish-brown wings and head. As they grow older, their colour becomes darker, reaching a dark blackish-brown shade after about ten years (birds in Tasmania are usually darker than those on the mainland).

Adult females tend to be slightly paler than males. Although it rarely needs to be distinguished from other Aquila eagles, its long, wedge-shaped tail is unique to this species. (Wikipedia)


  • From 81 cm to 106 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 182 cm to 232 cm


Interesting facts

  • They are highly aerial, soaring for hours on end without wingbeat or effort, regularly reaching 1,800 metres altitude and sometimes considerably higher. The purpose of this very high flight is unknown. (Wikipedia)
  • Their keen eyesight extends into the infrared and ultraviolet bands. This helps them spot prey and allows them to see rising thermals, which they can use to gain altitude while expending little energy. (Wikipedia)


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are found throughout Australia, including Tasmania, and southern New Guinea in almost all habitats, though they tend to be more common in lightly timbered and open country in southern and eastern Australia. (Wikipedia)


Most prey is captured on the ground in gliding attacks or (less frequently) in the air. Choice of prey is very much a matter of convenience and opportunity: since the arrival of Europeans, the introduced rabbit and Brown Hare have become the primary items of the eagle's diet in many areas.

The Wedge-tails can eat almost anything of a suitable size, live-caught or as carrion.

They display considerable adaptability, and have sometimes been known to team up to hunt larger animals. (Wikipedia)

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