Bald Eagle

white and brown bald eagle flying in blue sky
Bald Eagle. ©Tim Hauf, timhaufphotography.com

Quick Facts
Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore; Fish, smaller birds, small mammals

Average lifespan: Up to 28 years

Average size: Length: 28-40 in.; Wingspan: 6-8 ft.

Average weight: 7-12 lb.

Did You Know?
The nest of the bald eagle is the largest bird nest in North America and the largest tree nest in the world. A bald eagle nest can be as big as 8 ft. in length and up to 13 ft. deep!

Learn More
Bald Eagle

Visit our keyboard shortcuts docs for details
Duration:
13 minutes, 46 seconds

This 13-minute film chronicles the journey of the bald eagle's recovery from disappearance on the Channel Islands in the 1960s due to DDT contamination, overhunting, and egg collecting to today's population of about 60 eagles on four Channel Islands, some that are successfully breeding.

Last updated: November 18, 2016