Just to prove my point, here's the Bullyland repainted to a Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus
). I can't really work up any enthusiasm for this model... it's not bad, it's just not very interesting. Still, it's big and looks, proportionally, bigger than the others, so Steller seems like the logical choice.
After much poring over Raptors of the world
(an excellent book, BTW) I decided my Schleich would look great as a white-bellied fish eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster
). Looks like an eagle wearing a seagull's clothes, doesn't it?
An expert will be quick to point out that of course there's more than color that differentiates the species - but you know what, IMO an "almost right" is still better than a "didn't even bother trying".