Fascinating Bald Eagle Facts

Bald eagles are among the most fascinating birds. They’re tied to the US, are excellent hunters and have a bunch of other interesting attributes. More facts on these birds below!

For kids and adults as well, the bald eagle (not to be confused with the golden eagle) is an important symbol. Especially if you live in the United States. This American symbol leads a captivating life. Here are various facts and information:

  • the bald eagle lives only in North America. In fact, it’s the only species of eagle that lives there. Their favorite spots are these: lakes and coasts. As such, you’ll see many of them in Alaska and also in Canada. Mexico and the lower 48 states are home to these birds, too. In the lower states, there are more than 5,000 bald eagles. North America has a total bald eagle population of approximately 70,000 individuals (Canada and Alaska are included);
  • the Latin name of the bald eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalus. This bird belongs to the following group: sea and fish eagle;
  • you may think bald eagles are all bald. Well, they’re not. The color of their bodies is blackish-brown. Their beaks are curved and the heads are all-white. A bald eagle’s feet and legs are both yellow. The tail is also white. The size of its body is 34-43 in (86-109 cm). The female is larger than its companion. The wings have a span of 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m). A bald eagle weighs 6.5-14 lbs (which means 3-6.5 kg). Its bones are light. The bird’s feathers, beak, and claws are made of this material: keratin;bald-eagle
  • another interesting fact about these birds is their diet. Bald eagles are carnivorous creatures. As such, they eat small birds, fish, rodents, and carrion. They make good use of their powerful talons when fishing. They’re also known to take advantage of prey killed by various animals (as in, they steal food from them);
  • the bald eagle has only one mate throughout its lifespan. But if the female or the male dies, the remaining bird will start looking for another partner;
  • reproduction happens from late September till the beginning of April. A female bald eagle lays 1-3 eggs in a large nest; the latter can weigh a ton. The first egg appears 5-10 days after the mating is over. These eggs’ incubation period is 35 days;
  • a baby eagle doesn’t have its parents’ white features. That, however, will change once they turn 5 years old. The offspring’s body is a combination of white and brown;
  • the nest is built by both parents. It sits at the top of a tree and it’s made of sticks;
  • the behavior of a bald eagle is another interesting fact to be discussed. This bird communicates via a distinctive squeaking sound that’s high-pitched. When 2 males fight for a territory, they’ll perform what is known as a “cartwheel display”. This means that one of them will grip the other’s claw while the two are in mid air; then, they will spiral to the ground. When they’re very close to the latter, they’ll let go of each other. This behavior is also called “talon clasping”. Scientists think that this action can also mean that a male courts a female;
  • bald eagles were an endangered species for a long time. A large number of them disappeared because of DDT and other dangerous pesticides. Then there was this: people killed them because they wanted to preserve fishing grounds. These birds were also hunted as a hobby. Ever since 1972, the bald eagle has become threatened; it used to be on the endangered list made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;bald-eagle-fishing
  • the bald eagle can live up to 30 years;
  • the bird has been featured on the Great Seal of the United States since 1782;
  • the speed of a bald eagle is 30-35 mph. In fact they can reach this altitude: 10,000 feet;
  • a group of bald eagles has the following name: kettle of eagles;
  • in total, there are 7,000 feathers on a bald eagle;
  • they can swim very well. If the water has a very low temperature, the bird will die;
  • bald eagles see very well, too;
  • if you’ve noticed a bald eagle with puffed up feathers, you’ve probably wondered why it does that. There are various reasons. The bird may wish to look threatening if a predator’s nearby. It may very well want to protect itself from effects caused by changing temperatures. Or it’s a sign of relaxation.

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