This is an image of an american bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) turned to the left. looking at this birds back you can see its amazing feather structure and pattern.
I am very partial to bald eagles and have been my entire life. These birds of prey or raptor birds are strong yet graceful and are the national symbol of the United States.
facts about bald eagles:
Symbol of the United States: The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a symbol of the United States and is featured on the country's seal and currency. It was chosen as the national emblem in 1782 due to its majestic appearance, strength, and long lifespan.
Appearance: Bald eagles are large birds of prey. Adults have a wingspan of about 6 to 7.5 feet (1.8 to 2.3 meters) and can weigh between 6 to 14 pounds (2.7 to 6.3 kilograms). They have a dark brown body, a white head, and a distinctive hooked yellow beak.
Range and Habitat: Bald eagles are found primarily in North America. They inhabit a variety of habitats, including coastal areas, rivers, lakes, and forests. They can be found in the United States, Canada, and parts of Mexico. They also have a separate population in Alaska.
Diet: Bald eagles are carnivorous birds and are primarily fish-eaters. They are known for their impressive fishing skills and will swoop down from the sky to catch fish with their sharp talons. However, they are opportunistic and will also feed on other small mammals, birds, and carrion.
Nesting and Reproduction: Bald eagles are monogamous and form long-term pair bonds. They build large nests, known as eyries, typically in tall trees near bodies of water. These nests can reach enormous sizes and are often reused and expanded over several years. Females lay one to three eggs, and both parents take turns incubating the eggs and caring for the young.
Lifespan: Bald eagles have a relatively long lifespan, with individuals living up to 20-30 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live even longer, with some individuals reaching 50 years or more.
Conservation Success: The bald eagle was once critically endangered in the United States due to habitat loss, pollution, and hunting. However, conservation efforts, including habitat protection and the banning of harmful pesticides like DDT, have helped their population recover. In 2007, they were removed from the endangered species list and are now classified as a species of least concern.
Impressive Flight and Hunting Skills: Bald eagles are powerful fliers and can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) during flight. They have excellent vision, which allows them to spot prey from great distances. Their sharp talons and powerful beak enable them to catch and kill their prey effectively.
Bald eagles are majestic and iconic birds that represent the beauty and wildlife of North America. They are not only an important cultural symbol but also play a significant ecological role in their respective habitats.
December 18th, 2015
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