Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Cathartiformes
FAMILY
Cathartidae

Range

North America


Habitat

Coastlines, lakes, rivers, swamps, and marshes


Diet

Mainly fish; will hunt rabbits, squirrels, other birds, and even young deer

Weight

MALE 6 - 9 lbs.
FEMALE 10 - 15 lbs.

Body Length

2.5 - 3.5 ft.

Wingspan

6 - 8 ft.

Incubation

35 days

Clutch

1 to 3 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • A bald eagle can reach a speed of up to 200 miles per hour when diving through the air.
  • An eagle's nest, or aerie, consists of huge masses of sticks atop tall trees or cliffs.
  • Well-established nests may grow as large as 10 feet across, 20 feet deep, and weigh over 2 tons!
  • When a bald eagle loses a feather on one wing, it will lose a matching one on the other. This way it doesn't lose its balance!

 

Conservation

Classified as threatened in southern Canada and most of the United States by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service; still abundant in its northern range, especially in Alaska.

Bald eagles are protected by wildlife laws.

It is a federal offense to injure or kill owls, hawks, eagles, and other falcons.

Least Concern

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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