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
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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