|Class: Aves: Birds||Diet: Fish|
|Order: Falconiformes: Birds of Prey|
|Size: body: 81 - 102 cm (32 - 40 in)|
|Family: Accipitridae: Vultures, Eagles, Hawks||Conservation Status: Non-threatened|
|Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus||Habitat: coasts, rivers and lakes|
|Range: N. America|
The bald eager is the national symbol of the U.S.A. Dead and dying fish are the favorite food of the bald eagle. It also takes live fish from the water and catches some birds and mammals. Bald eagles gather where food is available. Many can be found by rivers near the Alaskan coast, where they prey on salmon.
The bald eaglešs nest is made of sticks and sits in a large tree or on rocks. It is added to, year after year, and can be as large as 8 feet across. The bald eagle is endangered. It has suffered from the contamination of its habitat and prey by toxic chemicals. With its slow breeding rate, it is hard for the species to recover.