Birds With White Heads

Some avian species, like eagles, gulls, and swans, have white plumage on their heads. While most of these birds have white feathers all over their bodies, some, like the bald eagle, only possess this type of plumage on their heads, creating a nice visual contrast.

Birds with White Heads

List of Birds With White Heads

  • African Fish Eagle
  • American White Ibis
  • American White Pelican
  • Armenian Gull
  • Bald Eagle
  • Belcher’s Gull
  • Black-browed Albatross
  • Black-faced Hawk
  • Black-legged Kittiwake
  • Black-tailed Gull
  • Blue-throated Piping Guan
  • California Gull
  • Cattle Egret
  • Chinese Egret
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Gray Goshawk
  • Great Egret
  • Hawaiian Hawk
  • Herring Gull
  • Iceland Gull
  • Ivory Gull
  • Kelp Gull
  • Little Egret
  • Mantled Hawk
  • Masked Booby
  • Mute Swan
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Osprey
  • Pacific Gull
  • Pied Stilt
  • Ross’s Gull
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Smew
  • Snow Bunting
  • Snow Goose
  • Snowy Owl
  • Tanimbar Corella
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • White Cockatoo
  • White Hawk
  • White Tern
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Whitehead
  • White-headed Duck
  • White-headed Vulture
  • White-headed Woodpecker
  • White-necked Hawk
  • White-tailed Kite
  • White-tailed Tropicbird
  • Whooper Swan


1. What bird of prey has a white head?

The bald eagle is probably the most prominent bird of prey with a white head. However, other birds of prey like the snowy owl, the white-tailed kite, and the African fish eagle also have white feathers on their heads.

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