Where are they from?
Bald eagles spend the summer in Canada and along the United States’ east coast and Florida. During the winter, they travel through the rest of the United States. Bald eagles prefer coastlines with forest tree cover and wooded areas with access to water.
What do they eat?
As birds of prey, bald eagles eat mostly fish. However, they will also hunt small mammals and other available food sources, such as carrion, which is the remains of an animal, or trash that humans leave behind.
How do they act?
Bald eagles are mostly solitary birds that fly alone, although they will roost in large groups at specific sites and feeding places. During breeding season, bald eagles become aggressively territorial. The female usually chooses the placement of the nest.
Are they endangered?
Bald eagles are listed as “Least Concern” with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
Benjamin Franklin did not want the bald eagle to be the United States symbolic bird. He believed that they were dishonest, cowardly creatures because they steal some of their food from other birds and can be bullied by small birds.
Bald eagles really aren’t bald at all!