The bald eagle is the only bird exclusive to North America. The scientific name of the bald eagle is Haliaeetus Leucocephalus. This denotes a sea (halos) eagle (aetos) with a white (leukos) head (kephale). At one time, the word ‘bald’ meant white and not hairless.
The bald eagle is found throughout most of the continental United States, with Alaska alone having half of the world’s total bald eagle population of about 75000 birds. The ideal habitat of the bald eagle is places which are isolated, have big full grown trees and clean, clear waters with an abundance of aquatic animals and fish. Sadly, such environs are not available in today’s times and the bald eagle population has hence suffered.
The bald eagle is a magnificent and majestic bird. It can weigh up to 14 pounds and attain a height of 3 to 3 ½ feet. They have a huge wing span of 6-8 feet. Typically, the female of the species is larger that the male and bald eagles living in the north are believed to be larger than ones in the south. They can live up to 30 years in the wild and even longer in captivity.
In the early 1700s there were close to 500,000 bald eagles but due to various reasons their numbers fell alarmingly and soon it came close to becoming extinct. Fortunately, timely measures have succeeded in bringing the bald eagle back from the brink of extinction and in 2004 there are enough numbers to even de-list the bald eagle as ‘threatened’.
This site is created to help people learn all the different things that make the bald the National Symbol of the United States. Americans should take pride in their national bird as the bald eagle is truly a creature to be proud of. To learn more about this great bird, you can read up on the following topics:
Bald Eagle Description / Overview provides you with basic background information on the magnificent bald eagle, including a brief history of it’s existence as the USA’s national symbol, the life, mating and feeding habits, and more information.
Bald Eagle's Eyesight gives all information relating to the sharp and magnificent eyesight of the bald eagle. The phrase ‘eagle eyes’ correctly portrays the highly formed vision of the bald eagle which can spot its prey from even as far off as 1 mile.
Bald Eagle Feeding Habits provides data on the eating ways of the bald eagle. Everything you wanted to know about this bird of prey which is mainly a fish eater and kills for its food.
Bald Eagle: Nesting and Young covers the topic of the ‘Eyrie’ which is how the bald eagle’s nest is referred to. It even gives information about the young eaglets starting from their conception to their birth and finally to such time when they leave their nests.
Bald Eagle Population: Decline, Recovery, and Protection covers the journey of the bald eagle from the early 1700,s when they were in abundance to their becoming ‘threatened’, then ‘endangered’ and finally to the recovery of the bald eagle population.
Bald Eagle as USA's National Symbol tells you about the reasons why the bald eagle was chosen to be the National Symbol of USA and also how it came to being on the United States’ official Seal.
Bald Eagle FAQs comprises frequently asked questions about bald eagles and their relevant answers.
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