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Bald Eagle

The bald eagle has a goldenrod beak in stark contrast to its white and chocolate colored plumage.


Bald Eagle
  • Binomial name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Conservations status: Least concern [LC]
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This symbolic bird of prey builds a nest that is the size of a small bedroom.

This 'sea eagle,' the national bird of the United States of America, can be found near open water, a copious food supply, and an old growth forest. Its most important food source is fish and it prefers to nest in tall, mature trees. This large bird can be forty-two inches in length, have a wingspan of eight feet, and have a mass of fifteen pounds. Interestingly enough, the females tend to be significantly larger than the males. Usually living for a score or more, eagles may migrate if their water supply freezes. Mating for life, these birds share the work of raising chicks.