7 Interesting Bald Eagle Facts

Did you know eagles can dive up to 100 miles per hour? Discover even more fascinating bald eagle facts about the USA's national bird.

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Bald eagle nest in Lake George, Colorado

Bald Eagle Nests

Large birds like eagles need large nests! Bald eagle nests are about 5 to 6 feet in diameter and 2 to 4 feet tall. If the tree is strong enough, they will use the same nest again and again, adding new materials each year, so some nests can be enormous. Learn about 8 different kinds of bird nests and how to spot them.

Eagles Are No Longer Endangered

During the 1970s, bald eagles were seriously endangered. They’ve since made a remarkable comeback and in 2007, were removed from the Federal Endangered Species list. Learn more about bald eagles and golden eagles.

National Emblem

The bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782. It was chosen for its majestic appearance and representation of freedom and strength. Can you guess the official state bird of all 50 states?

Bald Eagle Eyes

When it comes to sight, eagles have two centers of focus. This gives them the ability to see forward and to the side simultaneously. Did you know hummingbirds can see even more colors than humans?

Male vs. Female Bald Eagles

On average, male bald eagles weigh 25 percent less than females. Learn the story behind the rescue of a special bald eagle.

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Bald eagle catching a fish

Bald Eagle Speed

While on the hunt for prey, eagles can dive up to 100 miles per hour. But in regular flight, they can travel about 30 miles per hour. Discover the fastest birds in North America.

Bald Eagle Nest Cam

Eagle nest cams are extremely popular, with thousands of people tuning in daily. One of our favorites is in Hanover, Pennsylvania: Check it out!

Next, take a look at 20 stunning and inspiring photos of bald eagles.

Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing birding and gardening content. As content director of Birds & Blooms, she leads the team of editors and freelance writers sharing tried-and-true advice for nature enthusiasts who love to garden and feed birds in their backyards. Since joining Birds & Blooms 17 years ago, Kirsten has held roles in digital and print, editing direct-to-consumer books, running as many as five magazines at a time, and managing special interest publications. Kirsten has traveled to see amazing North American birds and attended various festivals, including the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Rio Grande Bird Festival, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, and the Cape May Spring Festival. She has also witnessed the epic sandhill crane migration while on a photography workshop trip to Colorado. Kirsten has participated in several GardenComm and Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conferences and is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. When she's not researching, writing, and editing all things birding and gardening, Kirsten is enjoying the outdoors with her nature-loving family. She and her husband are slowly chipping away at making their small acreage the backyard of their dreams.