Find Eagle stuffed animals, toys and gifts here at Jeannie's Cottage. We have a variety of plush toy bald eagles, a Bald Eagle Night Light from Ibis and Orchid, bald eagle plush keychains, a Hansa Philippine Eagle plush bird, a Harpy Eagle figurine, and a Wild Republic Cuddlekins Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle.
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) received its name because of its white head, which appeared to be bald from a distance. It was declared the national emblem of the United States of America in 1782. It is a large blackish-brown eagle with white head and tail and a large yellow bill.
Eagles soar with their wings held horizontal (vultures, with their wings slightly raised). Younger birds are dark-brown all over and resemble the adult Golden Eagle, but are variably marked with white and have a black, more massive bill. The Bald Eagle's neck is shorter and tail longer than the White-tailed Eagle; the Steller's Sea-Eagle has a longer, wedge-shaped tail.
Bald Eagles require four or five years to reach full adult plumage. Length: 30-37" (79-94 cm). Wingspread is from 6 feet to 7 feet, 6 inches (1.8-2.3 m). The female is larger, but is otherwise similar. The Bald Eagle is a permanent resident throughout its range, breeding from Alaska east to Newfoundland and south locally to California, the Great Lakes and Virginia; also in Arizona, along the Gulf Coast, and in Florida. It winters along coasts and large rivers in much of the United States.
The Bald Eagle lays 2 or 3 white, unmarked ( 2.9 x 3.4") eggs in a large nest built of branches and sticks in treetops or cliffs; 30-90 feet up; in forested or wooded regions, near streams, lakes or ocean. Additions and repairs are made yearly. Both parents take turns incubating the eggs for about 35 days. The young stay in the nest for between 72 and 74 days.
The voice is a harsh creaking cackling ("kark, kark") and thin squeals. Although the Bald Eagle eats carrion and sometimes catches crippled waterfowl, it is primarily a fish eater. They will also steal fish from Ospreys. In winter, birds and small mammals are more frequently taken. Though not as common as in the past, impressive gatherings of these magnificent birds can still be seen in British Columbia and Alaska. There Bald Eagles come together to feed on the schools of salmon and herring swimming up the rivers to spawn. At such times between three thousand and four thousand have been counted in November on the Chilkat River in Alaska, where they feed on the dead and dying salmon.