Bald Eagle

  • Scientific name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Haliaeetus
  • Species: H. leucocephalus

Fun Facts

  • Eagles do not sweat; to stay cool they seek out shade, pant, and hold their wings away from their body.
  • They can fly at an altitude of 10,000 feet and reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.
  • Bald eagles became the national emblem in 1782.
  • They eat mainly fish, rodents, waterfowl, and carion.
  • They live 15-20 years.
  • Bald eagles have a wingspan of 72 to 90 inches (6 to 7.5 feet) and weigh up to 14 pounds.