Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae


  • Size: 27.9″ to 37.8″
  • Very large raptor with a long, hooked bill.
  • White head and tail with dark-brown body and wings. Legs and bill are bright yellow.
  • Immature birds have mostly dark head and tail, with the adult plumage coming around 5 years.
  • Calls are surprisingly weak for its size, sounding mostly like a high-pitched whistling.



  • Fish (main)
  • Birds
  • Rabbits
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Crabs

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Resident to long-distance migrant

  • The oldest recorded Bald Eagle lived to be at least 38 years old.
  • Bald Eagles' nests are huge. A famous nest in Vermilion, Ohio, weighed close to two metric tons!