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  White-bellied Sea Eagle (juvenile)

 

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A first year juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle spotted over the Bay of Phang Nga. It has a dingy brownish breast-wash, a dull buffish-cream head and an off-white tail with a dark brownish subterminal band. On the underside, the wings have warm buffish coverts, and a large whitish patch on the primaries, that contrasts with the blackish secondaries and primary tips.

 

In its third year it will gradually transform into a much lighter plumage, first becoming mostly buffish-white, whilst keeping the blackish secondaries and primary tips, until it eventually attains the white, grey and black colours of adults (fig.). See also List of Thai Animal Names.

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  White-bellied Sea Eagle (juvenile)