bald eagle

bald eagle feather

At four to five years of age bald eagles get their distinctive white head and tail feathers.

The word “bald” in bald eagle comes from the old English word “balde” meaning white.

While the average lifespan of the bald eagle is about 20 years, the bald eagle can live up to 30 years in the wild and sometimes even longer in captivity.

The bald eagle has excellent eyesight, four times that of a human being with perfect vision. They can also see both forward and side to side at the same time.

Bald eagles mate for life and will remain together until one dies.

Bald eagles will normally build a nest approximately 5 feet in diameter. The eagles will often use the same nest over and over, adding to it each year. The lofty nest is also referred to as an aerie. The bald eagle will lay 3 to 5 eggs. 50% of eaglets survive their first year.

The bald eagle has 7000 feathers. The feathers of the bald eagle are extremely strong, yet very lightweight.

The eagle’s talons are the knife-like claws on the bald eagle’s feet.

The bald eagle has an average Wingspan of approximately 7 ft; ranging from 72 to 90 inches.

The average height of the bald eagle is approximately 3 ft; ranging from 30 to 37 inches.

The average weight of the bald eagle is 9-14 lbs.

At one time the bald eagle was threatened to extinction and was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The population of bald eagles in the United States had declined for a number of reasons. Among these were the use of pesticides on crops, the interference and destruction of the bald eagle’s habitat, contamination of the waterways and the eagle’s food source, and even intentional shootings of bald eagles. DDT was outlawed in the United States because it caused the thinning of the shells of the eagle’s eggs which resulted in them breaking during the incubation process. The success of the return of the bald eagle population under the Endangered Species Act is an incentive for increased awareness and protection of other endangered species in our world.

In 1782 the bald eagle was proclaimed the National Emblem and proud symbol of the United States. The bald eagle, portrayed in sculpture and paintings, is appreciated for both its beauty and power, as well as it’s identity as America’s National Symbol. The leading sculptor of the bald eagle is Mike Curtis, the wildlife sculptor best known for capturing the essence of the eagle. He has been studying these majestic birds in the wild and sculpting the bald eagle for over 35 years. Mike Curtis Limited Edition Bronze Eagle Sculptures may be viewed and enjoyed by visiting this website further.

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