Bald eagle in exhibit

Bald Eagle

Scientific Name

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Class

Aves

Order

Falconiformes

Range

Canada through Mexico

Habitat

Lakes, rivers, and coastal areas

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Bald eagle in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

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.

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