Friday, May 26, 2006

Bald Eagles


Bald eagles leave the nest at about 12 weeks of age. The distinctive white head and tail fathers do not appear until bald eagles are about 4 to 5 years old. Their beak and eyes turn yellow during the fourth and fifth year and dark brown prior to that time.

Bald eagles live near large bodies of open water such as,lakes, marshes, seacoasts and rivers where there are plenty of fish to eat and tall trees for nesting and roosting. Bald eagles use a specific territory for nesting, winter-feeding or a year-round residence. Bald eagles feed primarily on fish, but also eat small animals (ducks, coots, muskrats, turtles, rabbits, snakes) and occasionally carrion (dead animals).

Bald Eagles are monogamous and mate for life. A bald eagle will only select another mate if its faithful companion should die. They build large nests, called eyras, at the top of sturdy tall trees.

The bald eagle’s length is 32 inches and the wingspan is 80 inches. The males weight is 3.5 to 4 kg (8-9 lb.), females 4.5 to 6 kg (10-14 lb.). The life span is up to 30 years in the wild, longer in captivity.

By Elizabeth

8 Comments:

At 10:47 AM, Blogger maddie said...

That is a cool picture. Do you know how big their nests are.

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Edgar said...

How big do the eggs get?

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Anglica said...

How big does the bald eagle get?

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger anakaren said...

What are their predeters?

 
At 3:10 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

no i dont know how big the neast gets

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

i dont know how big the eggs get

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Mrs. Engle said...

Elizabeth, I have some good field guides that have information about birds. Ask me and I will show them to you. After doing some more reading you may be able to answer your classmate's questions. I think I may have a whole book about eagles.

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

when I'm outside, I occasionally see a bald eagle...

 

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