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Common Bird Species of Northwestern Ontario

MAMMALS

FISHES

REPTILES

INSECTS

   
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Bald Eagle

Description

Distinguishing Features - Predominantly dark-brown with pure white head, neck, tail and tail coverts. Bill and feet, yellow. Female significantly larger than the male.

Bald Eagle Size -
Male: 76 - 86 cm (30.5 - 34.5 in)
Female: 89 - 94 cm (35.5 - 37.5 in)

Habitat

Primarily near waterways such as wilderness lakes and larger rivers.

Nesting

Mostly at the tops of large trees. Nest is made of larger twigs, reeds and weeds, lined with available soft materials. Eggs, 1 - 3; small, white. Incubation period 34 - 36 days.

Notes

The Bald Eagle is unmistakeable because of its large size and characteristic markings. However, its silhouette can be mistaken for a Golden Eagle as it soars high in the thermals. It is a raptor (bird of prey) and feeds on small mammals (mostly rodents) and fish.



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