Haliaeetus leucoryphus

Pallas's sea-eagle

Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Birds (Aves)
Order  (Falconiformes)
Family  (Accipitridae)
Genus  (Haliaeetus)
Species Authority Pallas, 1771
Summary Status: endangered (Category I). It is widespread in Kazakstan and South and Central Asia. After the campaign against predators in the 1950s and 1960s this eagle became very rare in Kazakstan. In the last 25 years only approximately 50 individuals have been seen. Nesting occurs among the reeds of wetlands, in forests along rivers, and near mountain rivers and lakes. In the 1930s and 1950s in certain areas of the country this eagle was an usual sight, often 20-30 individuals were seen at a time. Now only a few are seen in Kazakstan. The basic limiting factors are the destruction of nests, deaths on high-voltage lines and poisoned baits. The Pallass sea-eagle builds its nest in trees and among reeds. It is necessary to protect the existing nests and to develop programs to educate people to better understand and protect raptors.

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