This rare species is also known as the Ring-tailed Fishing Eagle. It inhabits the inland wetlands, from the lower level up to 5,000m. It is migratory, breeding in India (mainly in Uttarakhand and Assam) and wintering in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Russia. This species may be possibly extinct in Thailand and Iran (BirdLife International 2018).
According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at 1,000-2,499 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments (BirdLife International 2018).
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R. and A. Bayani. 2023. Haliaeetus leucoryphus (Pallas, 1771) – Pallas's Fish Eagle. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1109/Haliaeetus-leucoryphus
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