White-tailed Eagle

Irish Name: Iolar mara
Scientific name: Haliaeetus albicilla
Bird Family: Raptors
Conservation status


Re-introduced to Killarney National Park in 2007. Formerly a widespread resident along all Irish coasts.


Together with Mute swan, the largest resident bird species in Ireland. Has a wingspan of over two metres (six feet), with a body length of around 1 metre.


Usually silent away from the nest.


Feeds on carrion, such as dead sheep and seals, as well as fish caught after a spectacular dive. Less frequently takes medium-sized mammals, such as Hares and seabirds (Fulmar) from nesting sites.


Mixed success in terms of breeding in Ireland since the recent reintroduction at Mountshannon and Portumna. Historically a widespread breeding species, and formerly the last wild pair bred in County Mayo in 1912. This is reflected in the prevalence of place names in western Ireland referencing "eagles".


Resident. Young birds move to new territories after fledging.

Monitored by

Golden Eagle Trust.

Similar Species

Golden Eagle

Irish Name:
Iolar firéan
Scientific name:
Aquila chrysaetos
Bird Family: