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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Falconiformes
Family:Accipitridae
Genus:Haliaeetus
Genus species:Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:89-94 cm
Weight:4.5-6.3 kg
Identification:The bald eagle has a black-brown back and breast, white head and tail, and a yellow bill and feet.
Diet:Carnivore: fish, carrion
Reproduction:Bald eagles pair for life. The mating season varies by the location of a population. Breeding pairs build their nests on a cliff or in a tree, some of which can be over 15 meters in diameter. The female lays 1-3 eggs and shares the 35-day incubation period with her mate. Usually only the strongest chick will survive, killing any smaller or weaker siblings.
Behavior:Bald eagles will steal food from other birds or eat dead fish along the shore.
Status:Endangered: habitat destruction, possibly the poisoning of fish, its main source of food, by DDT
Interesting Facts:Fifty percent of bald eagles live in Alaska because of the large salmon population found there.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1958-1988 Subjects:raptor
Bald eagle
hawk-like bird
Haliaeetus
Accipitridae
Falconiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals