Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Size: 31-37"; up to 7-foot wingspan

Male: Pure white head and tail contrast with dark brown-to-black body and wings. Has a large, curved yellow bill and yellow feet.

Female: Same as male, but slightly larger.

Juvenile: Dark brown with white spots or speckles throughout body and wings. Gray bill.

Nest: Female and male build massive platform nest. One brood per year.

Eggs: 2; off-white without markings

Incubation: 34-36 days; female and male incubate

Fledging: 75-90 days; male and female feed young

Migration: Winters along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The Bald Eagle is a migrator and can occasionally be found in St. Charles County during the winter months.

Food: Fish, carrion, and birds (mainly ducks).

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