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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Description
It is a sea eagle. As an adult, their plumage 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, females are larger than males. The beak, feet and irides, are bright yellow. These birds also have large heads, necks, bills and feet with sharp talons. The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and national animal of the United States of America.
Dimensions
They have a body length of 28 to 40 inches. Typical wingspan is between 5.9 and 7.5 ft, and weight is normally between 6.6 and 14 lb. Females are about 25% larger than males.
Diet
The Bald Eagle is an opportunistic carnivore with the capacity to predate a great variety of prey. Fish often comprise the majority of the eagle's diet, but they also eat birds, mammals and other prey.
Habitat & Range
They inhabit wetland habitats such as seacoasts, rivers, large lakes or marshes or other large bodies of open water with an abundance of fish. Their natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico. It is the only sea eagle endemic to North America.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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