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Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Habitat: old growth forest with water bodies

Diet: fish, small mammals, and water birds

Life span: 36 years in captivity

Young: 2 eggs/clutch

Size: 4.3-6.4 kg (9.5–14 lbs)

The bald eagle does not develop the white head feathers until it is four to five years old. Juvenile bald eagles are often mistaken for the golden eagle.

Bald eagles mate for life and return to the same nesting area every year. They keep adding material to the same nest. Some eagle nests have been reported as being over two meters wide and over 200 kg in weight.

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Bald eagle on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North America

Status in the Wild

Status: threatened

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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