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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.
Habitat:Coastal areas, nests are in trees or rocks
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.
Groups will gather where food is available, particularly by rivers near the Alaskan coast.
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