Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle is found only on the North American continent.  Male eagles weigh approximately 9 pounds with the females weighing between 12 and 13 pounds.  Adult eagles have a wing span of up to 7 feet.  Eagles living in the wild can live up to 35 years with those in captivity (under special legislation) living up to 50 years.  The Bald Eagle was once on the endangered species list due to excessive sport hunting but has since been able to make a dramatic comeback due to the wildlife protection act.  It is now a threatened species and is protected under the Bald Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Eagles feed mainly on fish (that they can spot from over a mile away) but have been known to attack small mammals.  They can fly up to 30 mph and can dive at speeds of over 100 mph!  The Bald Eagle mates for life.

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