|Irish Name:||Iolar mara|
|Scientific name:||Haliaeetus albicilla|
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.
Golden Eagle Trust.
Killarney National Park in County Kerry offers the best chance to see the re-introduced birds. Tracking by GPS has shown that the released eagles have dispersed significantly and have been recorded in almost all Irish counties.
Young White-tailed Eagles disperse in Autumn and Winter. Usually frequenting rugged coastlines, lowland lakes and large rivers.