Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Benjamin Franklin did not want to make the bald eagle the National Symbol because of its willingness to steal food and eat carrion. Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the National symbol instead.

Bald eagles engage in spectacular flight displays. In the cartwheel display, a courting pair flies to high altitude, locks feet together, and then tumbles and cartwheels toward the ground, breaking off at the last moment.

This species builds large nest of sticks that are lined with finer woody materials. Many nests are reused over many years. Nests are usually placed in a large tree, often the largest in the area.


Prefers fish, but is an opportunistic feeder so it will also eat large birds, mammals, and carrion, and will steal food from other birds of prey.
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