Bald Eagle

photo by Phil Swanson

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
L 31-37″(79-94 cm) W 70-90″(178-229 cm).

Song or calls:
Thin chittering note.

Description: Sexes similar. Adults (over 5 years) have white head, neck,and tail. Contrasting black-brown body. Yellow bill. Immatures entirely brown, with whitish wing linings and a dark bill. Females are larger than males.

bald eagle
Habitat: Wintering eagles are found in ice-free areas along larger rivers and reservoirs with trees nearby. Eagles prefer to perch in tall cottonwoods near the water.

Where in Nebraska: Uncommon spring and fall migrant. Locally common winter resident near major rivers and reservoirs. In recent years Bald Eagles have attempted to nest every summer near large bodies of water. In 1996 there were ten documented nests.

Fun Facts: Bald Eagles occasionally hunt cooperatively, with one individual flushing prey towards another! 

juvenile Bald Eagle - photo by Phil Swanson Bald Eagle - photo by Phil Swanson
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