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Bald Eagle Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Bald Eagle dwarfs most other raptors, including the Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk. It has a heavy body, large head, and long, hooked bill. In flight, a Bald Eagle holds its broad wings flat like a board.

    Relative Size

    Relative Size: One of the largest birds in North America, wingspan slightly greater than Great Blue Heron.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 27.9-37.8 in (71-96 cm)
      • Weight: 105.8-222.2 oz (3000-6300 g)
      • Wingspan: 80.3 in (204 cm)