Icthyophaga ichthyaetus (Horsfield, 1821) - Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Subspecies in India

This is also known as the Greater Grey-headed Fish Eagle or Grey-headed Fishing Eagle.
 
This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

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Icthyophaga ichthyaetus - Grey-headed Fish Eagle



This species is uncommon. It inhabits shores near slow-moving water bodies in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam. It mostly forages on water snakes and freshwater fish (BirdLife International 2017).


Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)

 

 


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 10,000-100,000 individuals. The threats to its persistence come from habitat disturbance due to deleterious mercury deposition, and illegal hunting for meat (BirdLife International 2017).
 

 

 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam223
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka31
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh1111
Maharashtra2112
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga1
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total23713123
BirdLife International 2017. Icthyophaga ichthyaetus (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22695163A116996769.
https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22695163A116996769.en. Accessed on 15 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Icthyophaga ichthyaetus (Horsfield, 1821) – Grey-headed Fish Eagle. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/icthyophaga-ichthyaetus, accessed 2024/06/25.