Juveniles: appear similar but are often paler in colour and more golden or rufous.
Voice: Often silent, but vocal in breeding season. Usually a wavering, high, rising whistle leading into a short, lower descening note "tsIET-you, tsIET-you". Also a hoarse, drawn out help that rises to a short, scratchy squeal, and a long scream, perhaps when alarmed.
The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is the largest Australian raptor (bird of prey) with a wing span up to 2.5 meters from tip to tip. It has a wedge shaped tail, which gives it it's name. It is fairly common throughout Australia and likes open plains and mountains. The eagle sometimes preys on animals such as reptiles, rabbits and wallabies, but is more often than not unsuccessful when swooping on live prey due to its bulky size. The main diet of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle is carrion (eg: road kill). The breeding period is from June to October, and it has a huge nest, often like a platform which is made with sticks and lined with leaves, which are replaced regularly during breeding. It lays between 1 and 3 eggs, often with only 1 fledgling reaching maturity. Incubation is about 45 days by the female. Young fledge between 70 and 90 days.
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