Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

A national symbol of the United States, the bald eagle is an Endangered Species success story. Nearly wiped out by hunting, destruction of nesting habitat, and the chemical DDT, there were only 487 nesting pairs remaining in the wild by 1963. Today, there are more than 9,700 nesting pairs.

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ORIGIN:
Most of North America

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HABITAT:
Rivers, lakes and marshes

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
10-14 lbs
Length: F: 35-37 in; M: 30-34 in

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DIET:
Birds, carrion, fish and rodents

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PREDATORS:
Few known predators

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Long, sharp claws

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REPRODUCTION:
Lays 1-3 eggs; 35 days incubation

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THREATS:
Habitat loss and illegal shooting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Avg 15-20 yrs

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