32 Facts About Bald eagle


Bald eagle is a bird of prey found in North America.

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Bald eagle is an opportunistic feeder which subsists mainly on fish, which it swoops down upon and snatches from the water with its talons.

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Bald eagle is the national bird of the United States of America and appears on its seal.

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Bald eagle is placed in the genus Haliaeetus, and gets both its common and specific scientific names from the distinctive appearance of the adult's head.

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Bald eagle was one of the many species originally described by Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae, under the name Falco leucocephalus.

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The closely related African fish eagle has a brown body, white head and tail, but differs from the bald eagle in having a white chest and black tip to the bill.

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When seen well, the golden eagle is distinctive in plumage with a more solid warm brown color than an immature bald eagle, with a reddish-golden patch to its nape and a highly contrasting set of white squares on the wing.

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Bald eagle has sometimes been considered the largest true raptor in North America.

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From 1966 to 2015 bald eagle numbers increased substantially throughout its winter and breeding ranges, and as of 2018 the species nests in every continental state and province in the United States and Canada.

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Bald eagle occurs during its breeding season in virtually any kind of American wetland habitat such as seacoasts, rivers, large lakes or marshes or other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish.

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Bald eagle typically requires old-growth and mature stands of coniferous or hardwood trees for perching, roosting, and nesting.

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Bald eagle nests are often very large in order to compensate for size of the birds.

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Bald eagle is usually quite sensitive to human activity while nesting, and is found most commonly in areas with minimal human disturbance.

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Bald eagle is a powerful flier, and soars on thermal convection currents.

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The bald eagle selects migration routes which take advantage of thermals, updrafts, and food resources.

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Bald eagle is an opportunistic carnivore with the capacity to consume a great variety of prey.

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The contribution of such birds to the Bald eagle's diet is variable, depending on the quantity and availability of fish near the water's surface.

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Wintering bald and golden eagles in Utah both sometimes won conflicts, though in one recorded instance a single bald eagle successfully displaced two consecutive golden eagles from a kill.

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Similarly, both Bald eagle species have been recorded, via video-monitoring, to feed on gut piles and carcasses of white-tailed deer in remote forest clearings in the eastern Appalachian Mountains without apparent conflict.

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Bald eagle courtship involves elaborate, spectacular calls and flight displays by the males.

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Today, Bald eagle-shooting is believed to be considerably reduced due to the species' protected status.

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The bald eagle will defend its nest fiercely from all comers and has even repelled attacks from bears, having been recorded knocking a black bear out of a tree when the latter tried to climb a tree holding nestlings.

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Once a common sight in much of the continent, the bald eagle was severely affected in the mid-20th century by a variety of factors, among them the thinning of egg shells attributed to use of the pesticide DDT.

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The bald eagle was declared an endangered species in the U S in 1967, and amendments to the 1940 act between 1962 and 1972 further restricted commercial uses and increased penalties for violators.

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The bald eagle can be found in growing concentrations throughout the United States and Canada, particularly near large bodies of water.

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The bald eagle can be long-lived in captivity if well cared for, but does not breed well even under the best conditions.

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Bald eagle is important in various Native American cultures and, as the national bird of the United States, is prominent in seals and logos, coinage, postage stamps, and other items relating to the U S federal government.

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Bald eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures, and its feathers, like those of the golden eagle, are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans.

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The Bald eagle nest is represented by the fork of the lodge where the dance is held.

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Bald eagle is the national bird of the United States of America.

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Bald eagle appears on most official seals of the U S government, including the presidential seal, the presidential flag, and in the logos of many U S federal agencies.

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Between 1916 and 1945, the presidential flag showed an Bald eagle facing to its left, which gave rise to the urban legend that the flag is changed to have the Bald eagle face towards the olive branch in peace, and towards the arrows in wartime.

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