- They are opportunistic. Sometimes they are a predator and other times a scavenger.
- Mostly eats fish when available.
- Also eats birds and mammals.
- Bald eagles emit a high-pitched giggle or weak scream.
- They are monogamous and mate for life.
- Male and female eagles work on nest building together. This time together helps them cement their lifelong bond. If the nest works well, they will continue to use it year after year.
- Their nests on average are 2-4 feet deep and 4-5 feet wide.
- While on a hunt for prey, eagles can dive up to 100 miles per hour. In regular flight they can travel about 30 miles per hour.
- Young bald eagles aren’t bald. For the first four or five years of their lives they have mostly brown heads. They move through a complicated series of different plumage patters. In the second year, they have white bellies.
- They have see-through eyelids called nictitating membrane. They can close this membrane to protect their eyes while their main eyelids are open. They can also see ultra-violet light.
- While flying, bald eagles will sometimes grab each other’s feet and spin while plummeting to earth. Usually they separate before hitting the ground. But sometimes they don’t let go.
Walter was born on February 14, 2017. Walter came to the zoo after being rendered flightless from an accident with a vehicle. Walter enjoys spending time hanging out with the white-tailed deer (AKA “Golden Girls”), geese, and cranes.