BIRD OF THE WEEK / WEEK 28: July 9, 2018
© Liron Gertsman
71-96 cm length | 204 cm wingspan | 3000-6000 gm weight
A very large, fierce looking bird with a large, hooked beak and powerful talons. Females are much larger than males.
Bald eagles are a gleaming, warm brown all over except their head and tail which is stark white in contrast. They have an egg-yolk yellow bill and talons and yellow eyes. Juveniles are brown, mottled with white throughout, and have brown eyes, bill and talons.
Habitat / Behaviour
Carnivore | Rivers, coasts, woodland | Lives approx 20 years
It kills and scavenges fish, birds and small mammals.
Monogamous | Messy stick-nest in tree | 1-3 eggs | 1 brood
Bald eagles build the largest tree nest of any bird known.
Vocalisation is a weak staccato, chirping whistled kleek kik ik ik ik.
- Male and Female Bald Eagle, Chilling
- Eagle Call
- Discovery Channel: Amazing Eagles on the Hunt
- Urban Bald Eagles
- Get the Vancouver bird checklist on the web or on your iPhone.
- 10 Simple Birding Tips
- Check out the International Ornithological Congress
- What else is going on for the Vancouver International Bird Festival?