Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bird

Animal Info

There are two male bald eagles, Abe and Maverick, at Seneca Park Zoo. Abe was born in 1991 and arrived at the Zoo in 1999. Maverick was born around 2012 and arrived at the Zoo in 2016. Both have suffered wing injuries in their natural ranges and cannot fly. Only bald eagles that have been determined to be unable to live in their natural range are kept in conservation care, where they can thrive without threats to their survival.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status: Least concern. The great bird of prey was once in danger of extinction due to DDT pesticide and hunting. After years of efforts to preserve the species, on June 28, 2007, the Interior Department took the bald eagle off the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Conservation efforts of the United States’ national bird will continue under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Habitat

Bald eagles live in North America from Florida to Alaska. They roost in tall trees near clean, fish-filled water in undeveloped areas.

Diet

The bald eagle is carnivorous and eats fish, birds, rodents, snakes and carrion.

Did you know?

Bald eagles have a brown body and a snow-white head and tail, a feather coloration which is not attained until the bird turns 5.

The bald eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 13-feet deep, 8-feet wide and 1 ton in weight.

“Bald” in the English name is derived from the word “piebald,” and refers to the white head and tail feathers in contrast to the darker body, not a state of being featherless.

A bald eagle has a 6- to 7-foot wingspan.

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