Bald Eagle1

Topics: Bald Eagle, Eagle, Eagles Pages: 2 (449 words) Published: August 26, 2013
HALIAEES LEUCOCEPHALUS

Physical Description

The female and male bald eagle have blackish brown feathers on their back and breast. A bald eagle has a white hood, neck, and tail. Eagle eyes are bright yellow. Most Bald Eagles have an estimated 7,000 feathers. Juvenile Bald Eagles (ages 3-5) do not have a hood. Wing span for adult is usually 7ft. The male bald eagle’s body is 30-34 inches.

Adaptations

Bald Eagles have long; sharp, hooked beaks made for ripping fish apart. Their talons are very sharp and long. They use their long talons to penetrate important flesh, such as throats. Eagles have excellent eyesight. An Eagle can see a fish underwater from a mile away. Bald Eagles can fly at roughly 30 mph. Bald Eagles can dive at 100 mph. Bald Eagles can swim with fish in their talons using a backward stroke. Many eagles have drowned doing this because they will not let go of the fish, the fish is to heavy, or they do not know how to swim.

Life Cycle

Bald Eagles are direct development. A bald eagle is capable of reproducing at 4 or 5 years old. They mate for life, however if a mate dies they will not hesitate to find a new mate. Bald Eagles usually lay 1-3 dull, white eggs, which hatch after 34 or 35 days of incubation. After birth, chicks leave the nest after 4 months to begin learning. They then learn how to fly (some chicks are killed learning to fly), and what to eat. Males weigh 8-9 lbs. Females weigh 10-14 lbs. They live around 30 years in the wild. They live much longer in captivity.

Habitat

Most Bald Eagles live in North America. There is an estimated 70,000 in North America. There are about 20,000 bald eagles in Britain. Bald Eagles live in river, lake, and coastal areas. Their nests are high up in tall Pine trees. Bald Eagles fly and soar in the topmost parts of the sky, prowling for fish in the waters. Bald eagles diet consists of fish, field mice and small rabbits. Many bald eagles were killed in the 1970s,...

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2. North American Birds, by Micheal Vanner
3. Httpwww.baldeagles.org (American Bald Eagle Foundation)
4. 100 birds and How They Got Their Names, by Diana Wells p.(58-60).
5. httpww.baldeagleinfo.com/copyrighted by Hope Rutledge
6. http://greatseal.com/symboleagle.html
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