Overview of Bald Eagles
The scientific name for the bald eagle is haliaeetus
leucocephalus. The bald eagle has been the national
symbol of the United States since 1782.
Eagles are large birds of prey with strong hooked beaks
and sharp talons. They are also known for their golden
eyes. Bald eagles have white head, neck and tail, with
dark plumage on their body.
Bald eagles are opportunistic hunters. A hunting eagle
soars over the land on broad wings. Bald Eagles have
excellent eye sight, that allows them to spot their
prey from a great distance. The Bald Eagle then swoops
down in a rapid dive, seizing the animal with their
sharp tallons. Bald Eagles build their nests on a cliff
or tall trees near water.
Bald Eagles will often add to the same nest year after
year. The biggest Bald Eagle nest measured 20 feet in
height! Bald Eagle’s lay 1-3 eggs, both parents incubate
the eggs for 35 days. The baby eagle chicks leave their
nest around 10 weeks.
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