Species: Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle • Born: 1987 • Gender: Female • Disability: Human Imprint
‘Majesty’ came to the American Eagle Foundation in 2007 via FedEx plane from the San Francisco Zoo. She was accompanied by what should have been nine other Bald Eagles, but because her mate passed away before the journey, she only flew here with eight. Majesty was placed into Eagle Mountain Sanctuary at Dollywood and proceeded to choose and pair with a male named ‘Tennessee,’ but he passed away in 2013. Since then Majesty has been trained to become an educational ambassador for her species.
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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