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About the Bald Eagle

Also known as: American Eagle

The Bald Eagle is a bird of prey found in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States.

The species was on the brink of extinction in the United States at the end of the 20th century, but now has a stable population.

The Bald Eagle's natural range covers most of North America, including most of Canada, all of the continental United States, and northern Mexico.

Bald Eagles are powerful fliers, and also soar on thermal convection currents. In the wild, Bald Eagles can live about 20-30 years, and have a maximum life span of approximately 50 years. They generally live longer in captivity, up to 60 years old. Check out our Bald Eagle gifts for birdwatchers and eagle lovers.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 March 2007
Scientific Name Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Falconiformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Haliaeetus
  • H. leucocephalus
Birdorable Family Birds of Prey
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 January 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
31 to 37 inches
70 to 90 inches
105 to 250 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 白头海雕 (Chinese)
  • Orel Bělohlavý (Czech)
  • Hvidhovedet Havørn (Danish)
  • Amerikaanse Zeearend (Dutch)
  • Valkopäämerikotka (Finnish)
  • Pygargue à tête blanche (French)
  • Weißkopfseeadler (German)
  • Haliaeetus Leucocephalus (Italian)
  • ハクトウワシ (Hakutouwashi) (Japanese)
  • 흰머리수리 (Huinmeorisuri) (Korean)
  • Hvithodehavørn (Norwegian)
  • Bielik Amerykański (Polish)
  • Белоголовый (Russian)
  • Pigargo Cabeciblanco (Spanish)
  • Vithövdad havsörn (Swedish)

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