Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North - Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
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Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Other Names: American Eagle, White Headed Eagle, or Washington Eagle have been commonly used

Habitat and Range: They prefer a habitat near open bodies of water and mature forests. They can be found in the United States and Canada

Lifespan: They can live up to 20 years in the wild and up to 50 years in captivity

Size and Weight: With a wingspan of up to 7.5 feet, they can weigh from 5-6 kg (11-13 pounds)

Gestation: Incubation is 35 days, with 1- 3 eggs. Bald Eagles sexually mature at 4-5 years in age

Diet: Piscivorous (fish eating)- but are also known to prey on small mammals and carrion

Characteristics: The Bald Eagle is mostly known for being the national bird and symbol for the United States of America. Its body is brown with a white colored head, and yellow eyes. Both male and female look identical, but differ in size with the female being 25% larger than a male.

IUCN Status: 2016- Least Concern

Conservation: The Bald Eagle was taken off the US Government's Endangered Species list in 2007. Still considered vilnerable this species can currently be found in all of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Alaska.

Did you know: While most of the prey for Bald Eagles consist of fish, carrion and small mammals it has been documented that Bald Eagles have taken down mature swans and White-tail Deer fawns 

 

Sources:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22695144/0

 

 

 

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