Polioaetus ichthyaetus, Horsf.
41. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 81; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 239.
THE WHITE-TAILED SEA EAGLE.
Length, 27 to 29 ; wing 19 ; tail, 8.5 ; tarsus, 3.5; weight, 4 lbs. Bill and cere blackish; irides brown.
Adult with the head, lores, ears, chin, and throat light grey, the rest of the plumage light wood-brown, darkest above, lighter beneath, and deepening on the scapulars and wings; lower abdomen, vent, thigh-coverts, and tail white, the latter with a broad terminal dark brown band.
The young bird is lighter brown above, all the feathers edged and tipped with whitish; beneath pale reddish-brown with pale mesial streaks, and albescent on the under tail-coverts; tail mottled and clouded with light cinereous and brown.
Dr. Jerdon says: " This Fish-Eagle is found over a considerable part of India, but is rare towards the south. Mr. Elliot met with in it Dharwar. I never observed it myself south of the Nerbudda." And again : " I found its nest on several occasions ; once near the Nerbudda, in a large tree."