Bald Eagle Facts

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The bald eagle, which is not truly bald, is a bird of prey found in North America with about half of the bald eagle population living in Alaska.  

  • Eagles are opportunistic feeders mainly on fish.  

  • The lifespan of an eagle is 20 years.

  • The eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species, up to 13 feet deep, 8 ft wide and 1 ton in weight.  

  • The typical wingspan is between 5 ft 11 in and 7 ft 7 in and mass is normally between 6.6 and 13.9 lb.

  • The bald eagle breeds at the age of 4 – 5 years of age.  They often return to the area where they were born.  

  • It is believed that eagles mate for life. However, if one member of the pair dies or disappears, the survivor will choose a new mate.  In addition, after repeated failed breeding attempts it will cause a mate to look for a new mate.  

  • The female is 25% larger than the male.