Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle • Born: 2014 or 2015 • Gender: Undetermined • Disability: Left Eye Injury
‘Indiana’ came to us in September of 2015 from Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This bird was found in March 2015 with a bruised left elbow and a left eye injury which resulted in scar tissue covering most of the pupil. The wing healed completely, but he has minimal vision in the left eye.
ABOUT THIS SPECIES
Bald Eagles were placed at the center of the Great Seal of the United States in 1782! Since then, they have served as the pride of America’s skies and the symbol of all that America stands for.
Bald Eagles obviously aren’t bald! “Bald” in this sense refers to an old English word that means “white headed.” When eagles fledge the nest at 13-weeks of age, they are primarily all brown. An Eagle gets its full white head and tail feathers and yellow beak and eyes at around four to five years of age.
Bald Eagles typically mate for life. They will only look for a new mate if their faithful companion dies. Together, they build huge nests known as “aeries” atop tall and strong trees. They make use of twigs, grasses, soft mosses and feathers in making their nests. They normally go back to the same nest during breeding season and add new materials to it each year. A new eagle pair’s nest measures an about five feet in width and two feet in depth. As they add to it year after year, however, it can reach widths of over ten feet and weigh up to a ton or more.
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