African Fish Eagle

Scientific Name:
Haliaeetus vocifer
Orange River in South Africa, Namibia, Okavango Delta in Botswana, Lake Malawi bordering Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique

About the African Fish Eagle

The African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) is a magnificent bird of prey found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, particularly near freshwater habitats.


African Fish Eagles are commonly found near bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastal lagoons. They prefer habitats with abundant fish populations, which form the bulk of their diet. These eagles are often seen perched on trees overlooking water bodies, from where they hunt for fish.


African Fish Eagles are large raptors with a wingspan ranging from about 1.8 to 2.4 meters (6 to 8 feet) and a body length of around 63 to 75 centimeters (25 to 30 inches). They have a distinctive white head, chest, and tail, contrasting with dark brown wings and body.

Best Viewing

The best places to view African Fish Eagles are areas with abundant water bodies and fish populations. Look for them near lakeshores, riverbanks, or coastal regions where they hunt for fish. Boat safaris or guided tours along rivers and lakeshores in their range offer excellent opportunities for viewing these majestic birds up close. Additionally, some national parks and wildlife reserves, especially those with water bodies, may offer viewing platforms or guided birdwatching tours where African Fish Eagles can be observed in their natural habitat.