Order: Accipitriformes
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Haliaeetus
Species: H. leucocephalus


The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucophalus) is a striking aerial predator of the North American continent. Now the U.S. National Bird, it graced the skies above it’s homeland well before any European settlers colonized the shores and riverbanks where it resides. The Bald Eagle holds importance among Native American people, as it has for countless generations. A truly inspiring symbol, even in the modern era of technology and development, the Bald Eagle can still capture the imagination of even the most ardent city dweller.

The Bald Eagle is one of only two eagle species in North America, the other being the Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). However only the Bald Eagle is endemic to the North American continent, as the Golden Eagle can be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and the two species are not closely related. The closest relative of the Bald Eagle is the White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) of Eurasia (Love, 1983, p. 11).


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