Gurney's Eagle

Information about the Bird Gurney's Eagle

The common name and Latin binomial commemorate the British banker and amateur ornithologist John Henry Gurney (1819-1890).Gurney's eagle (Aquila gurneyi) is a large eagle in the family Accipitridae. It is found from the Moluccas to Irian Jaya and most of New Guinea.

This eagle is a fairly large species, though mid-sized as a member of the Aquila genus. It is mainly dark brown to black, with paler undersides to its flight feathers and a rounded tail. Its body length is 74-86cm (29-34in) with a wingspan of between 1.65 and 1.9m (5.4 and 6.2ft). One immature bird reportedly weighed 3.06kg (6.7lb). Females are larger than males. Its wings are held level when gliding. It feeds on mammals (such as cuscuses), reptiles, fish, and birds.
Gurney's eagle is found from the Moluccas to Irian Jaya and most of New Guinea, from sea level to 1500 meters above sea level. It has been recorded from Saibai and Boigu islands in north-western Torres Strait, thus putting it on the Australian bird list. it inhabits a wide range of habitats from sea level to the snow line.
Gurney's eagle occurs at low population densities and is likely to be declining slowly through habitat loss and degradation. It is considered to be Near Threatened and is listed on CITES Appendix II.

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