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Grey-headed Fish Eagle Icthyophaga ichthyaetus   - Behaviour
Grey-headed Fish Eagle
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :secondary growth near limestone hills and ex-mining pools, Tambun Interior, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 21 March 2015
English synonyms:Greater Grey-headed Fish-Eagle, Greater Gray-headed Fish-Eagle, Gray-headed Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Gray-headed Fishing Eagle, Ceylon Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Ceylon Gray-headed Fishing Eagle, Greater Fish Eagle, Greater Fishing Eagle, Larger Fish Eagle, Tank Eagle
Bird Family :Accipitrinae - Hawks, bazas, honey-buzzards, eagles, kites, vultures, harriers & buzzards
Red Data Status :Near Threatened
Remarks :Watched an altercation between a nesting Grey-headed Fish Eagle and a ‘trespassing’ White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster. The conflict lasted eight minutes with both birds ‘dive bombing’ each other (predominantly the Grey-headed Fish Eagle) and mid-air physical interactions. The Grey-headed Fish Eagle would stretch out the feet/claws to impact the body of the White-bellied Sea Eagle. Much of the time it was fast chases alongside the limestone hills. On three occasions when the Grey-headed Fish Eagle stopped at a perch, the White-bellied Sea Eagle intentionally swooped down to interact with it. As I mentioned, this male Grey-headed Fish Eagle was nesting; the partner did not call out or come to assist, possibly staying at the nest to protect the young. The White-bellied Sea Eagle appears to be a 3rd year bird (see Ferguson-Lees & Christie. Raptors of the World, 2001).

- Amar

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