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Bald Eagle Facts
Bald Eagle Pair
Bald Eagle Pair                                                                                      RCS Optics photo

Bald Eagle Facts

  • Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Bald eagle pairs mate for life.
  • Female is 1/3 larger than the male.
  • Wingspan is 6 to 8 feet.
  • Weight range is 6 to 14 pounds.
  • Adult bald eagles have dark bodies with white head and tail.
  • Immature bald eagles are dard bodied with irregular mottling in wings and tail.
  • Bald eagles move south for the winter to find open water, abundant food, and protective cover for night roosting.
  • Fish makes up 60 to 90% of their diet.
  • Eagle nests may reach 12 feet in height, more than 8 feet across and weigh several hundred pounds.
  • Eagle pairs often reuse their nests year after year.
  • Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the nestlings.
  • The Bald Eagle is protected under several state and federal laws, including the Migratory Bird Treaty & The Bald Eagle Protection Act.


EagleCAM

EagleCAM

Check out the eagle cam at the Blackwater Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland: EagleCAM