Stellar’s sea eagles have black and brown feathers, and a distinctive yellow beak, that is strongly arched to allow for cracking through ice to get at fish. The feathers on their shoulders, tail and legs, are a contrasting white, and their large talons are ideal for grasping fish.
They are mainly solitary and will congregate during the breeding season. However, large numbers can be found together near water bodies that have lots of fish. This can be seen during the salmon runs.