Bald Eagle

Bird Presentation

Habitat

Any kind of American wetland habitat such as seacoasts, rivers, large lakes or other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish.

Color Patterns

Adult Bald Eagles have white heads and tails with dark brown bodies and wings. Their legs and bills are bright yellow.

Immature birds have mostly dark heads and tails; their brown wings and bodies are mottled with white in varying amounts. Young birds attain adult plumage in about five years.

Traits for males and females

You'll find Bald Eagles soaring high in the sky, flapping low over treetops with slow wingbeats, or perched in trees or on the ground. They eat mainly fish, but also hunt mammals and gulls.

Traits for chicks

The young birds grow rapidly, they add one pound to their body weight every four or five days. At about two weeks, it is possible for them to hold their head up for feeding.

At six weeks, the eaglets are very nearly as large as their parents.

Unusual behavior

Bald eagles make a high-pitched squeaking sound.

“cartwheel display”, where two eagles clasp each other’s talons in mid air and spin down, letting go only when they’ve almost reached the ground.

Adaptations

Bald eagles have razor sharp talons that allow them to catch there food and they also have very strong beaks to chew and rip there food in to smaller pieces

Size and life spand

Length: Around 3 feet; males are smaller.
Wingspan: Females around 7 feet; males around 6 feet.
Weight: 10-14 lbs.
Lifespan: 20-30 years.