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Bald eagles are monogamous and pairs mate for life.

Adult bald eagles weigh 8 to 14 pounds (3.6 to 6.4 kilograms), with the female eagle the larger and heavier of the two genders.

Adult bald eagles have a wingspan of about 7 feet (2 meters).

Bald eaglets leave the nest at about 12 weeks old.

Bald eagles can live a long time, with a longevity record of 28 years in the wild and 36 years in captivity.

The bald eagles' favorite food is fish, but they will also eat other birds, ducks, muskrats and turtles. They also they eat already dead animals willingly, and are notorious for robbing osprey of their catches.

Bald eagles are known to hunt cooperatively.

Bald eagles are powerful fliers; they can reach speeds over 35 mph (56 kph) during level flight, and between 75 to 99 mph(121 to 159 kph) in a hunting dive.

Bald eagles are unique to North America and live in lake and coastal regions.

The bald eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to 13 feet (4 m) deep, 8.2 feet (2.5 m) wide, and 1.1 tons in weight.



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