7 Cool Facts About Bald Eagles

Discover fascinating facts about the USA's national bird, the bald eagle.

  1. Large birds 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. When it comes to sight, eagles have two centers of focus. This gives them the ability to see forward and to the side simultaneously.
  5. On average, male bald eagles weigh 25 percent less than females.
  6. 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.
  7. Eagle nest cams are extremely popular, with thousands of people tuning in daily. One of our favorites is in Hanover, Pennsylvania: Check it out!