Length, 70-80 cm
Estimated at 200-250
Lakes, rivers, mangroves and coastal islands of western Madagascar
Meet a fish's worst nightmare. The Madagascar fish eagle ranges over sheltered bays and deep open sea alike, snatching prey so adroitly from the surface that it hardly gets its feet wet. This ultimate angler is also known to pirate catches from less intimidating birds. It guards its own territory jealously, perching in high places to survey its domain. Yet ongoing studies reveal that it can be less possessive when it comes to mates: some subpopulations engage in male-female, males-female and male-females breeding strategies. Despite these uncommon measures, it is still imperiled, as is much of Madagascar's wildlife, by human disturbance.