Estimated Wild Population
Bald eagles can stand three feet tall and have a wingspan measuring up to eight feet across. Their name references the white feathers covering the heads of mature birds. Immature bald eagles lack the familiar white head; their feathers are uniformly brown. Bald eagles prefer fish, but will also prey on birds and small mammals, and are known to steal prey from other predatory animals.
Interesting Fact 1
Bald eagles use sticks to build nests at the top of trees that can stand up to 100 feet tall.
Interesting Fact 2
They return to the same nest each year; as new sticks are added, nests can approach eight feet in height and weigh more than a ton.
Interesting Fact 3
Their sharp eyesight enables them to spot prey from hundreds of feet in the sky.
Commitment to Care
Lincoln Park Zoo prioritizes individual well-being over everything else. Guided by scientific research, staff and volunteers work to provide the best welfare outcomes for each individual in the zoo’s care.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.