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Bald Eagle

Class: Aves


Order: Falconiformes


Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus


Range: : Aleutians, Alaska, parts of northern and eastern Canada, northern U.S. and Florida


Habitat: Lakes, rivers, marshes and seacoasts


Diet: Wild: Fish (dead or alive) is the preferred choice, but will eat small mammals or waterfowl Zoo: meat, ground bones


Gestation: Incubation: 34-37 days


Litter: 2-3eggs


Description: The bald eagle is 30-31 in. in length and weighs 8-14 lbs. An eagles wingspread is 6-7 ft. Adults (5-6 years) have a white head, white tail and a long, heavy yellow bill. The rest of the body is blackish. They have yellow feet with sharp black talons. Females are larger than males. Young birds lack the white head and tail, but have a larger wingspan and longer tail than do mature birds. The voice is a squeaky cackling.Migratory routes are chosen to take advantage of thermals, updrafts and food sources. Eagles congregate in winter to hunt and roost. Within a roost a hierarchy develops, the oldest and most aggressive eagles occuping the highest perches. . Eagles hunt by swooping either from flight or perch, or while wading from shore, grabbing prey with either the bill or talons. Bald is a synonym for white, not hairless, in this case. The bald eagle has been declared endangered in 43 states and threatened in another 5. Only Alaska and Florida have sizable populations.



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Taken on September 17, 2010