Bald Eagles

The Bald Eagle is a large bird of prey, distinguished most commonly by its white ("bald") head. They mate for life, and the female is usually slightly bigger than the male. In this category you will find a variety of questions relating to the Bald Eagle's physical characteristics, habitat, and many other topics.

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Are bald eagles social?

No. Bald eagles are not very social animals, as they do not live with any eagles besides their mate. The only exception is when migratory populations travel together, as with many bird species.

Bald eagles often gather in numbers at food sources, such as salmon runs.

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What type of consumer is the bald eagle?

decomposer

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What type of beak does a bald eagle have?

A bald eagle has a large and powerful beak, used for catching and tearing prey items. The beak is heavy, yellow, and hooked.

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What is the average speed for a bald eagle?

It reaches speeds of 56-70 kilometers per hour (35-43 mph) when gliding and flapping, and about 48 kilometers per hour (30 mph) while carrying fish. Its dive speed is between 120-160 kilometers per hour (75-99 mph), though it seldom dives vertically.

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What is the bald eagles unusual behaviors?

1. During mating season, male bald eagles puke a lot in order to look good for the females.

2. When a female bald eagle thinks she's in danger she bites her left leg.

3. When babies are born the mother and father leave them there until they know the youngest baby has died.

*no copywriting this or I will be very sad

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What do bald eagles eat?

A Bald Eagle's diet consists mainly of fish, sometimes making up to 90% of it's diet. When a Bald Eagle is not fishing, it will feed on almost anything it can catch, including ducks, wading birds, turtles, rodents, snakes, and carrion (dead animal matter). Bald Eagles snatch fish from above the surface of the water rather than plunging into the water like an osprey. Since they snatch fish from close to the surface, the fish they seem to catch most are fish with downward looking eyes such as catfish and carp. It is believed fish with upward eyes can see danger approaching and are more likely to escape the talons of an eagle.


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They eat many, many things like; geese, platypus, Carrion(dead meat), shorebirds, seagulls, ducks, songbirds, turtles, snakes, frogs, squirrels, muskrats, rabbits and mostly fish. But, some winter days it does not eat.

small mamals and small birds such as small mice or even small deer, but it will also eat small birds
The Bald Eagle's diet is opportunistic and varied, but most feed mainly on fish. In the Pacific Northwest, spawning trout and salmon provide most of the Bald Eagles' diet.[23] Locally, eagles may rely largely on carrion, especially in winter, and they will scavenge carcasses up to the size of whales, though it seems that carcasses of ungulates and large fish are preferred. They also may sometimes feed on subsistence scavenged or stolen from campsites and picnics, as well as garbage dumps. Mammalian prey includes rabbits, hares, raccoons, muskrats, beavers, sea otters, and deer fawns. Preferred avian prey includes grebes, alcids, ducks, gulls, coots, egrets and geese. Most live prey are quite a bit smaller than the eagle, but predatory attacks on large birds such as the Great Blue Heron and even swans have been recorded. Reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans (especially crabs) are preyed on when Source: Bald Eagle: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_Eagle
The bald eagle is a predator, so it eats small animals and reptiles. They can see a mouse three miles away.

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Bald eagles are also scavengers; in Alaska, it isn't uncommon to see large numbers of bald eagles perched on open garbage dumpsters.
Bald eagles eat all types of stuff, Most eat fish, such as trout, salmon, and sea fish, but that depends on where they live, in the mountains they eat trout, salmon, and possibly small rodents, but more at sea level they eat sea fish and rodents such as mice, rats, and rabbits, they also eat snakes, lizard's, and some amphibian's.

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Why are bald eagles getting extinct?

Bald eagles used to be in danger of extinction, but in the past few years (when a law was passed in America) the Bald Eagle population recovered. Reasons of the endangerment include: habitat loss, over hunting, pesticides, dangerous objects (like wind turbines), etc.

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Why is it illegal to kill a bald eagle?

The bald eagle is protected along with all birds of prey by the Migratory Bird Act.

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What predators does a bald eagle have?

An adult has none to speak of, unless they are injured and can't fly. Chicks may be taken by hawks if adults are away. Usually man is the greatest threat.

Ya usually human are the biggest threat like poachers or people that go shoot those animals for something.

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How did bald eagles become endangered?

At one time the poison DDT was getting into the water, and fish that the eagles fed on passed the poison into the eagle's system. The eggshells were so thin that incubating eagles crushed them, and few young were being raised. The banning of DDT saw an increase in the eagle population, to where they are no longer considered endangered.

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How do bald eagles hide from its enemy?

they fly away

The american bald eagle does not fly away. It mutilates his enemy's with his strong and sharp talons. Together with their strong and sharp beak.

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Is a bald eagle native to Pennsylvania?

Yes, it is found there, mainly around rivers and large bodies of water.

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How did the bald eagle get its name?

First of all, bald eagles are not bald.

Some people say this bird was given the name "Bald eagle" because the lighter feathers on its head make the bird appear bald from a distance. In fact, the word "bald" comes from the old English term "balde" which originally meant white, not hairless. The bald eagle's scientific name, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, stands for:

sea (halo), eagle (aeetos) and white (leukos), as in the feathers on the eagle's head. So there you have it, the bald eagle is a seabird with a white head.

Bald comes from the old word balde, meaning white, and as you probably know Bald Eagles have white head and tail feathers. So Bald Eagle basically means White Eagle.

They have white feathers on their heads.

From a distance this made it look like they had no feathers on their heads, and they appeared to be bald.

The bald eagles name comes from Latin. The scientific name means sea eagle with a white head. Long ago the word "bald" meant "white" not lack of hair.

Haliacetus Leucocephalus

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How do bald eagles molt?

They molt by slowly shedding feathers around the age of 5 years. Their feathers go from black and brown to white and brown. Their beaks also change colors from black to yellow.

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What adaptations does the bald eagle have?

The Bald Eagle has little bumps on the bottom of its feet, called spicules. These spicules, along with razor sharp talons, help the eagle grip its prey while flying. It can migrate if it wants to, depending on location. If its territory has access to open water, it remains there all year, but if the body of water freezes during the winter, making it almost impossible to get food, it migrates to the south or to the coast. The Bald Eagle picks migration routes which take advantage of thermals, updrafts, and food resources. During migration, it may ascend in a thermal and then glide down, or may ascend in updrafts created by the wind against a cliff or other terrain. Trust me, I have done projects about the bald eagle.

The bald eagle has keen eyesight to spot prey, hollow bones, and a strong beak to lift and catch things with.


The Bald Eagle has little bumps on the bottom of its feet, called spicules. These spicules, along with razor sharp talons, help the eagle grip its prey while flying. It can migrate if it wants to, depending on location. If its territory has access to open water, it remains there year-round, but if the body of water freezes during the winter, making it almost impossible to get food, it migrates to the south or to the coast. The Bald Eagle picks migration routes which take advantage of thermals, updrafts, and food resources. During migration, it may ascend in a thermal and then glide down, or may ascend in updrafts created by the wind against a cliff or other terrain. Trust me, I have done projects about bald eagles.
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Are bald eagles indigenous to the US?

Yes

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What is the penalty for killing a bald eagle?

United States Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act (EPA), 16 USC 668 (a)

maximum penalty of 1 year in Federal Prison

and up to a $100,000 fine.

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What is the defense of a bald eagle?

Tanks lots of tanks....

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How many feathers does the bald eagles head have?

7000

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Are bald eagles endangered?

No. The bald eagle was delisted in 2007. It is now considered "Least Concern" by the IUCN.

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Where is the bald eagle last seen?

The Bald Eagle can be seen anywhere in North America, the Eagle is no longer a threatened species. As of July of 2007 it was removed from the Endangered and Threatened species list.

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How long can bald eagles live?

In the wild, Bald Eagles typically live about 20-30 years, but can realize a life span of approximately 50 years. They generally live longer in captivity, up to 60 years.

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What group does the bald eagle belong to?

Eagles, They are suppose to be in the birds group. & They are!

Family, Accipitridae. Subfamily, Buteonidae.

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What is the male bald eagle called?

It's called a tiercel or gigallos.

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How do bald eagles protect itself?

With there instincts by flying away or attacking

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