Bald Eagle

(Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Conservation Status
Bald Eagle
Photo by Wayne Rasmussen
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S3B, S3N - Vulnerable Breeding, Vulnerable Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

delisted

     
   

On June 14, 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a ban on the use of DDT in the United States. The reason for the ban, according to William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the EPA, was “the continued massive use of DDT posed unacceptable risks to the environment and potential harm to human health.” The ban took effect on December 31, 1972.

     
   

In 1973 there were estimated to be just 149 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles in Minnesota. In 2005 the number of Breeding pairs increased to 1,312.

On June 28, 2007, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced the removal of the Bald Eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species. It is still federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In Minnesota it had been listed first as threatened in 1984, then as a species of special concern in 1996. On August 19, 2013, it was removed from the list but location records continue to be maintained by the Department of Natural Resources.

 
             
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

30 to 43

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Large lakes and rivers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Mid-February to April and late August to late December

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant, uncommon and local breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Accipitriformes (hawks, eagles, kites, and allies)  
 

Family

Accipitridae (eagles, hawks, and kites)  
 

Subfamily

Accipitrinae  
 

Genus

Haliaeetus (sea eagles and fish eagles)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Northern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus washingtoniensis)

Southern Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus leucocephalus)

 
       
 

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Ramona Abrego

 
 

Wild and captive

 
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Lynn Rubey

 
 

A Bald Eagle Near the outlook dock on The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

 
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A pair of adult Bald Eagles with a 1 year old juvenile Bald Eagle flying overhead.

 
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American Bald Eagle waiting for prey to appear in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

 
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American Bald Eagle in flight over the Minnesota River in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

 
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Melissa McCalley

 
 

I see them almost daily!

 
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Dan W. Andree

 
  I noticed the bald eagle looking in various directions even downward. It was perched in mainly Aspen woodlands near a marshy area in eastern Norman Co. Mn.   Bald Eagle  
           
 

Bald Eagle taking flight.

 
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Another Bald Eagle...

 
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Randy

 
  Actively used Bald Eagle nest, high in a cottonwood on the grounds of the former Albert Lea Country Club, Freeborn County, MN, September 2017   Bald Eagle  
           
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Margot Avey

 
 

Eagle on haybale

 
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Kirk Nelson

 
 

Bald eagle nest

 
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Trisha

 
 

We had an eagle in the yard today. He sat contently in the tree until a loud vehicle went by.

 
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Wayne Rasmussen

 
 

National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN

 
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  Bald Eagle shot in rural Dodge Co. on May 22- they are nesting in a large cottonwood on a fence row. This is about 4-5 miles from Rice Lake SP. Pentax 55-300mm with my K-5.   Bald Eagle  
           
 
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About

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

 
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Lexington Avenue, Shoreview, MN 3-18-2012

 
     

 

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Other Videos
 
  Bald Eagles (Accipitridae: Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Nest-building
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Oct 30, 2011

Gracious! Nest-building in late October? Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (30 October 2011). Go here to learn more about nest-building in this species: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/eagle/guidelines/baea_nhstry_snstvty.html

   
  Bald Eagle taking a 24 inch Northern Lake Duroy Phillips Wisconsin
Blake Anderson
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 24, 2013

Eagle taking a 24 inch northern off the ice on Jan 25th, 2007.

   
  Swimming Bald Eagle - Bay Lake MN
ramseyboof
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 1, 2011

Bald eagle swimming after failing to pluck a dead duck out of the water in Bay Lake, MN. July 2010.

   
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US Freedom Club
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 4, 2013

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)

   
  Lead ammunition takes toll on bald eagle population
University of Minnesota
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2009

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center weighs in on the effects of lead ammunition on the state's bald eagle population.

Bald eagles are becoming secondarily lead poisoned by scavenging on lead poisoned or lead shot-crippled waterfowl.

   
       

 

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  Lynn Rubey
10/29/2018

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

American Bald Eagle waiting for prey to appear in The Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge.

Bald Eagle

 
  Melissa
McCalley

4/28/2018

Location: Winsted, MN, Lester Prairie, MN, Plato, MN

I see them almost daily!

Bald Eagle

 
  Dan W. Andree
April 2018

Location: Norman Co. Mn.

I noticed the bald eagle looking in various directions even downward. It was perched in mainly Aspen woodlands near a marshy area in eastern Norman Co. Mn.

Bald Eagle

 
  Dan W. Andree
4/1/2018

Location: Rural Norman co. Mn.

This is the same eagle as the other one I sent some time back but different shot.

Bald Eagle

 
  Dan W. Andree
4/1/2018

Location: Rural Norman co. Mn.

Bald Eagle taking flight.

Bald Eagle

 
  Randy
September 2017

Location: Freeborn County, MN

Actively used Bald Eagle nest, high in a cottonwood on the grounds of the former Albert Lea Country Club

Bald Eagle

 
  Trisha
3/15/2017

We had an eagle in the yard today.  He sat contently in the tree until a loud vehicle went by.

Bald Eagle

 
  Trisha
12/6/2016

 

Bald Eagle

 
  Margot Avey
10/14/2016

Location: between Moose Lake and Cromwell, Minnesota

Eagle on haybale

Bald Eagle

 
  Wayne Rasmussen
5/22/2016

Location: Dodge Co.

Bald Eagle shot in rural Dodge Co. on May 22- they are nesting in a large cottonwood on a fence row. This is about 4-5 miles from Rice Lake SP. Pentax 55-300mm with my K-5.

Bald Eagle

 
  Kirk Nelson
4/20/2014

Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park

Bald eagle nest

Bald Eagle

 
  Wayne Rasmussen
11/14/2009

Location: National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN

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