Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

In the 1960’s, populations of our national symbol, the bald eagle, fell drastically.  Pesticides such as DDT accumulated in their prey and thus bald eagles, leading to infertile eggs or eggshells that were too thin.  Protection of the bald eagle and its habitat, banning of some pollutants and breeding and reintroduction are helping populations recover.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of Wonder Bird Show
lengthLength: 2.5 to 3.5 ft
weightWeight: 7 to 14lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 16 yrs
wingspanWingspan: 6 to 8 ft
habitatHabitat: Coastal shores, forest, and mountain regions near lakes and rivers
dietDiet: Fish, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and carrion