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Bald eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Description:

The plumage of an adult bald eagle is evenly dark brown with a white head and tail. The tail is moderately long and slightly wedge-shaped. Males and females are identical in plumage coloration, but sexual dimorphism is evident in the species, in that females are 25% larger than males. The beak, feet and irises are bright yellow. The legs are feather-free, and the toes are short and powerful with large talons. The highly developed talon of the hind toe is used to pierce the vital areas of prey while it is held immobile by the front toes. The beak is large and hooked, with a yellow cere. The adult bald eagle is unmistakable in its native range. The closely related African fish eagle (H. vocifer) (from far outside the bald eagle's range) also has a brown body, white head and tail, but differs from the bald in having a white chest and black tip to the bil -excerpt from Wikipedia

Habitat:

The bald eagle typically requires old-growth and mature stands of coniferous or hardwood trees for perching, roosting, and nesting. Tree species reportedly is less important to the eagle pair than the tree's height, composition and location. - from wikipedia

Notes:

I have seen bald eagles in my neighborhood for last three years. This year, I see them as three as family. They hunt fish from near by river.

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4 Comments

RiekoS
RiekoS 3 years ago

Thank you so much for your comment, SukanyaDatta. I appreciate it.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Spectacular bird.

RiekoS
RiekoS 3 years ago

Thank you very kindly, Nayeli.

Nayeli
Nayeli 3 years ago

Wonderful!

New York, USA

Lat: 42.27, Long: -74.73

Spotted on Jan 1, 2016
Submitted on Jan 6, 2016

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