The bald eagle is one of the most iconic symbols in America. Not only has it been our national emblem for over 200 years, but this regal bird was also a spiritual symbol to Native Americans long before that. It’s not really “bald” though; its white-feathered head stands out against a dark body. It also has a wingspan bigger than most other raptor birds, including the Osprey or Turkey Vulture.
Bald eagles have really flourished in recent decades as conservation efforts and public awareness combined to protect the once-endangered species. Living near water bodies in Canada and Alaska and in scattered locations throughout the lower 48 states and Mexico, these magnificent birds are truly a sight for sore eyes.
How much do bald eagles cost?
In the United States, all native migratory birds are protected under various federal and state laws. It is illegal for one to have a protected bird in their possession unless they have the necessary permits – even owning feathers can be an offense punishable by law. For those interested (usually only licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers), $3,000-$5,000 can get you one of these beautiful creatures legally—the feathers included. You will usually be denied a permit to keep this bird as a pet.
What are the extra costs?
You must have a special eagle permit, as mention in addition to bald eagle rehabbing permits which can cost around $500-$1,000. The average Bald Eagle will need to feed on at least half a pound of food each day but they don’t need to eat daily because they can store their food in an area called the crop. Feeding one of these eagles costs about 100 dollars per month depending on where you are getting your supplies from and what type it is. Even though fish is the primary food source for a bald eagle, they also eat small animals such as squirrels or rabbits.
A bald eagle habitat is essential for them to live in captivity. It should include perches, trees, and an atmosphere that mimics their natural surroundings so they can feel like they’re at home! The cost of building a habitat depends on the size but you shouldn’t be surprised if it costs more than 1 thousand dollars.
Tips to remember
The bald eagle is a large bird, with an average weight of 8-9 pounds and a wingspan close to 7.5 feet! The males are slightly smaller than the females (according to H2Opower). This bird measures 34 to 43 inches long. In 2007, they were taken off from the endangered species list but remain under protection by various other Federal Acts.
During the breeding season, both the male and female work together to build a nest of sticks. This is often done at the top of trees which may be located high above ground level on large branches or near power lines. The bald eagle is unique in that it’s only found in North America with its brown body and distinguishable white head/tail feathers making them easy to identify from afar.
The bald eagle is a majestic bird with an intimidating head, strong body, and long hooked bill. It has white feathers which make up the majority of its tail, wings, and head while dark brown colors equal most of its body. The young birds will mature in five years.
These birds are mainly found near lakes, marshes, reservoirs, and coasts. If you feel like getting your hands dirty and caring for other wild animals who have become injured or sick then contact local wildlife rehabilitation centers such as the Department of Natural Resources or Fish and Game to ask about the steps you have to take to become a licensed rehabilitator.
When in captivity, a bald eagle can live for more than 30 years.